The Government has today declared an end to the mass search and rescue operations of Cyclone Idai affected by the Sofala, Manica, Tete and Zambézia provinces for having found that there is a considerable reduction in the volume of water in flooded areas and an improvement in the conditions assistance to victims where they are located.
Data collected from Lieutenant Colonel Marcos Zucula, who coordinates operations in this area, indicate that from now on, the Defense and Security Forces (FDS) and other state institutions and partners will maintain monitoring of affected areas and carry out search and rescue interventions where these are justified.
Zucula stressed that mass searches, such as those that have taken place in recent days, are no longer justified, ” but we will keep monitoring with all the means at our disposal and we will make the redemptions that are justified considering a possible risk .”
He noted that in many cases, and as a result of the situation on the ground, people are beginning to express their desire to receive medical and food assistance wherever they are because they understand that the risk has greatly reduced.
So far, national and international teams have carried out several operations that culminated in the rescue of 128,941 people, including 6563 classified as vulnerable. 1522 were injured and 447 deaths were recorded.
With regard to assistance to those affected, it is known that the different entities located in different points of the four provinces provided food and shelter to 26425 families out of a total of 158,563 families affected
MSDs have been involved on a number of fronts with emphasis on loading products to affected areas, search and rescue, medical and drug treatment of victims, removal of trunks from fallen trees and obstructing access roads, States and towns and villages affected with the help of international forces.
By Jorge Rungo