[LISTEN] Heavy flooding hampers Mozambique cyclone relief

Gift of the Givers says heavy flooding outside of Beira has posed some difficulties in its rescue and relief efforts.

Tens and thousands of people have been misplaced after the Mozambican city was hit by Cyclone Idai last Thursday.

While there is no official record of the number of fatalities caused by the disaster, thousands are suspected to be dead.

Gift of the Givers Chairman Imtiaz Sooliman says the organisation has sent out a 40-size team.

There have started being rescues but the problem is just outside Beira, minimum, there are about 5 000 people that need to be rescued.

Imtiaz Sooliman, Chairman - Gift of the Givers

The city centre, hospitals, schools, total destruction everywhere, 90 to 95% of Beira has been destroyed. That is what the teams are seeing, what we are not seeing is what is happening on the outside, simply because there is too much water.

Imtiaz Sooliman, Chairman - Gift of the Givers

The most important thing that we need right now to support the SANDF which only has two helicopters, we need helicopters... our main issue now is to source those helicopters and get them there as soon as possible.

Imtiaz Sooliman, Chairman - Gift of the Givers

People are trapped in water , so to help the people, we first have to bring them from where they are to a central point.

Imtiaz Sooliman, Chairman - Gift of the Givers

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