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Cyclone Idai victims repatriation process begins

Cyclone Idai left a trail of destruction in Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Herald Reporter
THE Government is ready to send a delegation to Mozambique to process the repatriation of remains of people washed away into the neighbouring country by Cyclone Idai, which ravaged Manicaland and other parts of the country.
Briefing journalists yesterday after the Cabinet meeting, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said a report on the 12th Session of the Zimbabwe-Mozambique Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation held in Harare recently, indicated that the country was requesting Mozambique’s cooperation in the repatriation process.
Defence and War Veterans Affairs Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, who was the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, presented the report on the 12th session of the Zimbabwe-Mozambique JPCC to Cabinet.
Minister Mutsvangwa said the JPCC resolved that Zimbabwe should soon submit a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on disaster preparedness and mitigation to Mozambique.
The MoU will incorporate a mechanism for dealing with post-disaster situations including repatriation of the remains.
“Zimbabwe requested Mozambique for its cooperation in the repatriation of the remains of Zimbabweans who were washed away by the floods that were caused by Cyclone Idai and buried in Mozambique.
“Zimbabwe expressed its readiness to send a delegation to Mozambique at the earliest convenience to assist in the process.
“In this regard, the Commission resolved that Zimbabwe would submit to Mozambique a draft MoU on Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation which incorporates a mechanism for dealing with post disaster situations including repatriation of remains,” she said.
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