Johannesburg - The water system which had been damaged by Cyclone Idai has been restored in Beira, after the devastating hurricane hit the Mozambican city and left a trail of death and destruction.
In a statement on Wednesday UNICEF said along with teams from the United Kingdom it supported the government of Mozambique in the operation to restore water supplies amid rising fears of a possible outbreak of cholera. The operation was completed on 22 March - a week after the cyclone hit.
"Restoring access to drinking water for 500 000 people in Beira was a priority," said Chris Cormency, head of the water programme, sanitation and hygiene, UNICEF in Mozambique.
More than 700 people were left dead after Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Many hundreds more are missing,
"Without clean water, children are particularly vulnerable to diseases transmitted by this route, such as diarrhoea, which can easily become a threat to life," said Cormency.