Progress made in Mozambique rescue mission
25 January 2015
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says the rescue mission in Mozambique is progressing well.
This is after the government of flood-stricken Mozambique asked for help from the South African government.
SANDF personnel left the country for Mozambique last week. SANDF spokesperson Lieutenant General Mabanga said the team is expected to spend seven to 14 days in that country.
“Their stay will depend on the situation in that country,” he said.
Tens of thousands of people have been displaced because of torrential rains in Mozambique. Four people have died in Mocuba, one of two districts badly affected by flooding, while an estimated 5 000 have sought refuge in government shelters.
The SANDF soldiers deployed in Mozambique include members of the South African Air Force, Navy divers and medical personnel. According to reports, the waters has risen to double the flooding threshold. – SAnews.gov.za