GOVERNMENT will send a team of pathologists to assist in the recovery of the deceased believed to be buried in Mozambique after the Cyclone Idai, a Cabinet Minister said on Tuesday.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
About 158 Zimbabweans were buried in Mozambique in the aftermath of the devastating Cyclone Idai about three weeks ago.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa briefing journalists after the eleventh meeting of Cabinet in Harare said they were now in the process of recovering the dead following the rescue process.
“The search and recovery process is now confined to recovery of the deceased as the missing persons can now be presumed to be dead,” she said.
“Specialised equipment and the relevant expertise are being mobilised towards the recovery of the bodies buried under massive rock debris.
She went on to say a team of pathologists will be dispatched in Mozambique.
“Furthermore, 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 facilitate the conduct of DNA test and subsequent positive identification by their relatives,” Minister Mutsvangwa said.
Local Housing and Development Minister July Moyo explained that there are some people in the affected areas who believed their relatives might have been buried in Mozambique. These people according to Minister Moyo gave the pathologists their blood samples in the hope of matching their deceased’s DNA with theirs.