SA sniffer dogs recover 16 bodies

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By Staff Reporter

TWO South Africa Police Services (SAPS) sniffer dogs brought in by Zimbabwe’s southern neighbour to help with recovery of bodies of victims of Cyclone Idai had hit success after picking 16 spots believed to be holding human remains.

Cyclone Idai ripped through Mozambique and south eastern Manicaland killing over 200 people with at least 300 still unaccounted for.

Government has indicated those still to be accounted for may never be found but efforts continue to try and recover as many bodies as possible.

There have been reports that some bodies have washed up in Mozambique following the tropical storm.

Justin Colbert who is leading a team of six experts and the two sniffer dogs said their progress however has been stalled by boulders moved by the floods.

“16 suspected bodies were identified today and with the right support we are receiving, we hope to find more,” said Colbert.

Local MP, Joshua Sacco has since appealed for government to provide heavy machinery to recover the 16 bodies.

“We are now appealing to government to make available recovery machines to rescue the identified bodies,” said Sacco.