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Humanitarian aid reaches Zimbabwe’s inaccessible areas

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Authorities and aid groups are putting relief efforts on ground as the hardest-hit areas are slowly becoming more accessible a week since Cyclone Idai made landfall in https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/humanitarian-aid-slowly-penetrates-zimbabwe-inaccessible-areas-190322190201752.html.

On Friday, Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who visited affected areas on Wednesday, declared Saturday and Sunday as national days of mourning.

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As relief aid and medical and sanitation kits arrived in Chimanimani, a remote mountainous town that was unreachable by road until recently, hundreds of displaced residents took up refuge in a primary school, while others moved to the churches on higher ground for safety.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has meanwhile warned that there is heightened potential for a communicable disease outbreak such as cholera or malaria in Zimbabwe’s cyclone-affected region, particularly in the Chimanimani area where the water supply system and power lines have been seriously damaged.

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