HARARE – The Zimbabwean government has revealed that a team of pathologists will travel to Mozambique to collect samples of the remains of Zimbabweans buried in that country following tropical Cyclone Idai.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa revealed this during her briefing with journalists in Harare Tuesday, after a cabinet meeting.
“Cabinet wishes to advise that a team of pathologists will travel to Mozambique to collect samples of the remains of Zimbabweans who were buried there in order to conduct DNA tests and subsequent positive identification by their relatives” Mutsvangwa said
Mutsvangwa further said that there are plans to establish monuments in honour of the deceased people.
“Plans are also underway to establish monuments in honour of the departed persons in places such as Ngangu, Machongwe and Copa” she said
The Minister also revealed that searches and recoveries have been confined to recovery of the deceased as those missing can be presumed dead.
“Cabinet regrets to report that the number of deaths so far has now risen to 344, the search and recovery process is now confined to recovery of the deceased, as the missing persons can now be presumed dead.
“Specialised equipment and the relevant expertise are being mobilised towards the recovery of the bodies buried under the massive rock debris” added Mutsvangwa
Meanwhile the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) airlifted supplies for refugees affected by Cyclone Idai.
The consignment, which includes blankets, kitchen sets, jerry cans, mosquito nets, solar lamps, sanitary pads and soap destined for Tongogara refugee camp, where 1200 families had their homes destroyed or severely damaged by the cyclone arrived in the country on Tuesday.