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Cyclone Idai Missing Persons Finally Declared Dead

Cyclone Idai Missing Persons Finally Declared Dead

The victims of Tropical Cyclone Idai who have been missing since the natural disaster struck Zimbabwe on 15 March 2019 have finally been declared dead.

Addressing journalists during a post-cabinet media briefing in Harare on Tuesday, Information Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa, said Cabinet received a report on the Exhumation of Cyclone Idai victims who were temporarily buried in the Dombe, Sussundenga and Moussorize, and Espungabeira districts of Mozambique.

The report was presented by the Minister of Local Government and Public Works, July Moyo. Said Mutsvangwa:

The nation is being informed that following a Cabinet decision to exhume bodies of victims of Cyclone Idai that were swept to Mozambique through the Rusitu River, a team comprising pathologists, the Zimbabwe Republic Police forensic officials, the Zimbabwe National Army and the Civil Registry was set up to carry out the exhumations.

The team, assisted by the Zimbabwean Ambassador to Mozambique Ambassador Matemadanda, held consultations with Mozambican officials and traditional leadership before carrying out a total of 31 exhumations. The Traditional Leadership and the gravediggers were paid tokens of appreciation for assisting in the burial of the victims.

An arrangement was made with Chimoio Provincial Hospital for the storage of the remains of the victims.

DNA tests will be carried out in Zimbabwe by the National University of Science and Technology’s Applied Genetic Testing Centre in collaboration with the AiBST Laboratory. The two laboratories have already collected reference samples from the families who lost their loved ones during the disaster.

Government has made arrangements for the remains to be transported and stored in Zimbabwe prior to the release of DNA results. The nation is further advised that Cabinet resolved as follows:

a) to declare the missing persons dead so as to facilitate acquisition of the relevant documentation at the Civil Registry Department and the subsequent registration of the deceased persons estates;

b) that all positively identified remains be conveyed to Mutare General Hospital in order to reduce costs for the grieving families;

c) that a mopping-up exercise be undertaken to identify burial sites and conduct exhumations on the other side of the Rusitu River; and

d) that State-assisted burials be provided to the bereaved families.

More: Health Times

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Gwedu 1 month ago


Nimrod 1 month ago

kudos. Apa magonawo

Chifamba 1 month ago

But you did not moveso fast for Gukurahundi victims.

nurse gomo 1 month ago

Hello everyone
I don't know why this is not onthe news but l think it's information that everyone who is in Zimbabwe should know . Especially those who are not on medical aid and those who resort to government hospitals for their services.

The country is under crisis ne nyaya ye blood . The major government hospitals Parirenyatwa and Harare hospital owe National blood service millions of usd so because of that NBS is nolonger supplying them with blood.

If one gets into a accident or has a surgical emergency like a ruptured ectopic pregnancy you will need to get your own blood at $153 per unit/ pint and in most cases you will need a average of 4 pints that's $612.

If your blood type is O positive the case is even worse because that's the most common blood type which makes its demand very high, as of yesterday kwakusitorina because most blood doners are students and zvikoro zvakavharwa.

For those who can, kindly donate blood at the national blood services and save a life . Then vane hama dzino enda ku dialysis , dzirikuwana chemo vane nhumbu dzirikuda kuoperetwa ku government and other conditions angangoda ropa garai maka gadzirira ma $153- $612 USD just incase

National Blood services/ blood transfusion services BTS is located ku mazowe street next to Parirenyatwa group of hospitals

Gwedu 1 month ago

Thank you so much, sounds sensible!! But let's not forget to stand again zanu, major trouble causer

Eagle eye 1 month ago

@nurse gomo ....thank you so much for your overview the main problem is that after you have donated your blood you buy it again tomorrow morning for your kind of which you have earlier on donated it for free...zvinoita kuti munhu are moyo

Eagle eye 1 month ago


Mos 1 month ago

God Bless their Souls


i 1 month ago

@nurse tinotenda mwanangu nechiziviso chinoyamura kudai

Anonymous 1 month ago

Heading iyo bho here, it must be missing people, not persons

case 1 month ago

chirungu chinenge chaikunetsai so what's wrong with the word persons

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