Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique and much of southeast Africa last week, bringing devastating flooding that now threatens to bring dangerous diseases to recovering communities. The storm left at least 750 dead, and much of Mozambique is struggling with devastating floodwaters. Those waters have created a hotbed of disease, leaving unhygienic conditions and the beginnings of cholera, malaria, and typhoid outbreaks behind. An international Red Cross official said "we are sitting on a ticking bomb" when it comes to "water-borne diseases," per France24. Malaria is already a major problem in Mozambique, and with towns still flooded, its propagation is "unavoidable," Mozambique's land and environment minister Celso Correia said. He also said "we'll have cholera for sure."

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