It is estimated that more than 1 000 people have perished in Mozambique alone. While thousands have been helped to safety, up to 15 000 could still be waiting to be rescued.
The devastation in Mozambique is considered one of Africa’s greatest catastrophes. Beira, including the airport, is at least 90% destroyed. With communications down it is difficult to ascertain the exact extent of the devastation in outlying areas.
South African teams, including Gift of the Givers, are on the ground assisting local authorities. According to the NGO, more skilled personnel are urgently needed, and emergency assistance is being dubbed a marathon, not a sprint.
The Department of International Relations has given R10million to assist with emergency relief in the flood-affected areas, and Minister Lindiwe Sisulu will be visiting the affected areas in Mozambique on Wednesday.