Sniffer dogs brought by a team from South Africa to help in locating and recovery of the bodies of victims of Cyclone Idai have so far identified 23 points in Ngangu and Kopa where the remains could be buried under rubble.
This was revealed by the Manicaland provincial administrator Edgars Seenza. He said that 12 points have been identified in Kopa while 11 were marked in Ngangu, both areas are in Chimanimani district.
While briefing senior government officials who visited Manicaland over the weekend to assess the progress that has been made to date, Seenza said;
The search team has managed to identify 23 points in total in Ngangu and Kopa and we are expecting two more dogs from Malcolm team from South Africa.
However, the teams’ progress is being hampered by poor a network and mounds of rubble from collapsed buildings and earth flows.
Seenza revealed that once the search has been completed in Kopa and Ngangu, it will proceed to Machongwe, Risutu and Vhimba near the Mozambique border.
These areas also bore the brunt of flash floods and landslides, rockfalls and mudflows triggers by the cyclone.