Dr. Andre Hattingh gives us an update regarding the current situation in Inchope, Chimoio and surrounding villages in Sofala province, Mozambique.
After looking around I saw no government or NGO rescue or humanitarian service here around Inchope and surrounding areas.
I went back to the village outside Inchope on the Beira road to show them how to repair their roofs with black bags.
I have been asked by villagers to help sick people and they showed me 8 people injured as a result of cyclone Idai lying under a plastic shelter. We converted the Land Cruiser into a ambulance and took them to Chimoio district hospital in Chimoio about 60km away. They have an undamaged hospital and electricity and I will be going up and down today taking as many injured persons I can find in Inchope and surrounding villages to this hospital in Chimoio. I was asked by the Medical director if I could assist in surgeries, and I told him I would if he can get me official permission from the medical council to perform surgeries etc. Awaiting their answer I will be finding sick and injured people to bring to Chimoio.
Inchope and surrounding areas are mostly destroyed and I would say 70% of the population is effected, with lots and lots of buildings without roofs. There is no electricity or safe water.
Will be in touch from time to time.