Indian Navy rescues over 192 people in Mozambique

World Sunday 24/March/2019 15:04 PM
By: Times News Service
Indian Navy rescues over 192 people in Mozambique

Muscat: Indian naval teams rescued over 192 survivors of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, All India Radio reported.

Three Indian naval ships are currently undertaking providing humanitarian assistance in coordination at the request of the government of Mozambique.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the three ships are the INS Sujatha, INS Shardul and INS Sarathi. They were diverted to the port city of Beira to " provide relief material in the form of food, clothes and medicine to the affected people. In addition, the ships have three medical practitioners and three nurses to provide immediate medical help."

According to the International Red Cross, "90 per cent” of Beira and the surrounding area has been damaged or destroyed.

Jamie LeSueur, who is leading the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cresent Societies (IFRC) assessment team in Beira, said, "The situation is terrible. The scale of devastation is enormous. It seems that 90 per cent of the area is completely destroyed.”

The government of Mozambique has delcared a national emergency as the death toll rises above 242. Authorities expect that figure to exceed 1,000.

The cyclone also caused severe damage in Zimbawbe and Malawi.

In Zimbabwe, 104 people are reported to have died as a result of the cyclone. A state of emergency was declared there and in neighbouring Malawi where 84 people are confirmed to have died.