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the devastation continues
May 29, 2019

Fields, orchards, and olive groves are on fire in Syria according to new satellite images of the Northwest region, reports Reuters.

The recent burning is concentrated in the south of Idlib, which is the last rebel-held stronghold in the country. The region, located in northwest Syria, has seen an escalation in fighting and military-led operations, which is creating a "humanitarian disaster," per CNN.

Government airstrikes in the region, which are supported by Russia, have displaced nearly 250,000 people.

Before and after satellite images show scorched earth, blackened fields, and destroyed buildings in the region, with some fires still burning, reports Reuters. Violence in Idlib has caused at least 160 civilian deaths in the last few weeks. Marianne Dodson

March 25, 2019

Cyclone Idai isn't going anywhere.

The storm has long since subsided over southeast Africa, leaving at least 750 dead from the cyclone and the flooding that followed it. But those waters have created a hotbed of disease, leaving unhygienic conditions and the beginnings of cholera, malaria, and typhoid outbreaks behind, Al Jazeera reports.

Even before Idai made landfall in Beira, Mozambique on March 15, heavy rain had already flooded much of the country and nearby Zimbabwe and Malawi. Winds upwards of 109 miles per hour continued the destruction. Ten days later, the 530,000-person city of Beira is largely dry, but is just starting to reestablish basic communication services, The Associated Press reports. Standing water remains in more remote parts of the country, leading an international Red Cross head to say "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," AP notes. Four people were recently diagnosed with typhoid in the central Manica Province, and more cases are expected to pop up, per Al Jazeera.

Some roads have been pumped clear of water, letting two field hospitals and water purification systems embark further into Mozambique. Drones are also being used to locate places that need help. Correia was asked about concerns that humanitarian aid money could be lost in Mozambique's ongoing corruption scandal, and he tersely said "we are doing everything to fight corruption," AP reports. Kathryn Krawczyk

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