These floods in Zimbabwe were destructive. Our teams were tasked with the responsibility of pointing out sites for potential deeper exploration. They did that much to the appreciation of the families, community, government and people of Zimbabwe.
The search for 205 missing people and 39 school children and their teachers in various areas of Zimbabwe continue. The terrain is extremely difficult.
Gift of the Givers rolls up its sleeves to save as many stranded people as possible; this time in Mangochi, Machinga, Mulanje, Nsanje, Chikwawa, Phalombe and Thyolo districts, all in the Southern Region of Malawi.
The flood disaster has distressed a lot of people in Malawi and the effects cause a great danger to many lives.
The affected families have no proper shelter, no food, no descent
At the request of the Zimbabwe Government, Gift of the Givers put together a team of 10 specialists to assist in the recovery of missing people following the devastating flood in the country. Four K9's with their handlers are the most important component of this team as we look for 39 children and their teachers, who presumably have passed on.
While other Search & Rescue teams prepare to leave Beira, Gift of the Givers teams remain very active in two devastated areas; Beira & Estaquina.
Beira: Beira airport being used as command centre, with only air access to Buzi, GuaraGuara and other affected areas. Gift of the Givers team working with
Our boat teams could not find higher ground in various areas where they were rescuing people as water levels were rising. We need helicopter "guides" for this purpose. We couldn't deploy a bigger medical team to Beira to be flown to various "islands" to provide medical care because of a scarcity of helicopters in Beira.
To effectively deal with these challenges Gift of the Givers sent in two
Two areas are being targeted, Kopa,
A special thanks to Colonel Strydom who put the SAPS component of the team together. A special thanks also to Minister Bheki Cele who authorised the "release" of the SAPS personnel to join our mission. Colonel Strydom works and Gift of the Givers work jointly on situations involving South African hostages.
Gift of the Givers and SANDF, rescuing people stuck in flooded areas and relocating them to the government clinic at Gwaragwara. I was on a SANDF Oryx helicopter to Gwaragwara today, where I triaged and treated some of the patients there...
A 3 year old with a 6 week old
Base camp set up by Gift of the Givers road team at Estaquina, near Bizo. Gift of the Givers boat teams supported by local farmers in boats, collectively, have rescued 2100 people trapped in the water. Our ground rescue teams discovered 4500 people in the area where they moved the rescued victims to. There are now 6500 in this area that have had no material assistance nor medical care.
Gift of the Givers team including 1 paramedic flown in by the Indian military treated 100 patients in Gwaragwara. Patients suffered mainly from lower limb and feet wounds, sepsis and trauma.
We also encountered many malnourished kids, elderly and ear infections.