Zimbabwe appeals for excavation machinery to recover Cyclone Idai victims

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Harare, Zimbabwe (ADV) – The Zimbabwean government is appealing for excavation machinery to recover hundreds of Cyclone Idai victims who are missing Chimanimani and Chipinge districts, in Manicaland Province’s

Local Government and National Housing minister, July Moyo who heads the inter-ministerial task force on Cyclone Idai said the process of recovering trapped bodies is being hampered by lack of machinery.

“The number of missing people continues to change as there is need determine the people who were in houses swept away by the cyclone,” said Moyo.

“Machinery is required to attend to roads and recover the deceased people’s bodies. While the death toll stands at 167, a considerable number of people are missing raising fears that the figure could rise.”

The leader of the ministerial taskforce said there were some Zimbabweans whose bodies were discovered in Mozambique and have already been buried.

“Eight bodies of Zimbabweans swept away during Cyclone Idai that were buried in Mozambique.

“Relatives of the missing people believe that a larger number of missing people are either buried in the mud or were swept away, hence the need the expedite excavation,” Moyo said.

Cyclone Idai ravaged Chimanimani and Chipinge leaving a trail of massive destruction of infrastructure and which includes homes, clinics, schools, roads and bridges.

The cyclone formed over the Mozambique Channel before moving inland via Beira destroying 90% of the fourth-largest city Beira and submerging the villages after the Pungue and Buzi rivers overflowed.

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