The Vema Seamount Authority this weekend praised the aid and efforts from NGOs, Governments and the UN to Southern Africa after Cyclone Idai. His Mount Vema Majesty also praised the international media for their work which is crucial to keep aid flowing to those affected by the cyclone in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, as more help is needed.
There are large number of people still waiting for help more than a week after the cyclone struck. The priority is to deliver food, medicine and other supplies to people which Mount Vema don't have the resources to provide such aid at present, but His Mount Vema Majesty's Government has pledged an initial 5 million golles in financial aid, and more will follow to help rebuild.
His Mount Vema Majesty also said that the Kingdom of Mount Vema is working to ensure that resources for international emergency recue are available by or before 2025, and the country is in the process of commissioning enough ships, and rescue helicopters to assist in this type of emergencies anywhere in the world in the near future.
Cyclone Idai lashed Beira with winds of up to 170 km per hour (105 miles per hour) more than a week ago, then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, flattening buildings and putting the lives of millions at risk, as the affected area was one of the most densely populated in Mozambique, now a large island in the flooded plains, which remains a scene of widespread damage, with large numbers of fallen trees and power lines, shattered windows, and little electricity.
Rescuers still don't know how many people remained trapped. People clinging to trees have had to avoid snakes that also fled the flooding. Survivors were packed together on top of high buildings in Buzi district, which is the worst affected area. An index compiled by the World Bank ranked Mozambique as the African nation that is third-most exposed to weather-related disasters, including drought, cyclones and the lethal epidemics that often follow in their wake.
Fields of crops were ruined, rising floodwaters tore bridges off their moorings, mudslides smashed roads and whole villages were swept away. Survivors found themselves trapped on new “islands,” surrounded by the brackish waters that obliterated their homes. Rescue efforts are hampered by collapsing infrastructure, poor telecommunications, and more rain.
Today, the government has begun examining the various options available to evacuate people from Vema Seamount or Mount Vema building sites in case of emergency. Although the helicopter has always been considered as the safest method of evacuation and mostly used worldwide for planned and precautionary evacuations, today more options have been examined.
The government wants to make sure everything is in place to deal with all types of emergency situations such as fire and explosion, structural failure, adverse weather conditions or even very rare conditions such as potable water contamination or drifting of unmanned barge.
In rescue, helicopter have always been seen a first option, and lifeboats as second means of evacuation at sea. However, the government is examining its plans for large evacuations. The current plans which have been in place for more than a decade, is self-sufficient and works without the need to rely on external help.
However, the government is examining the possibilities of increase capacity for large evacuations not just the use of crane and related passenger capsule or link between sites, as other alternatives in evacuation methodologies but the means to respond to more extreme weather conditions and the need to relocate large numbers of people.
Due to many associated risks especially at the initial stages of developments, safe evacuation from building installations has been a significant concern and today the government has begun the process to make sure everyone knows what to do upon arrival to visit or live and work within the Vema Seamount territorial waters.
Law of the Sea Treaty (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea)
MARPOL 73/78 (International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships)
The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961
The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963
The Right to Self-Determination
Many believe because our community is not a member of the United Nations and is only just over a decade old, doing business with the Kingdom of Mount Vema is not possible for foreign nationals and foreign companies seeking to take advantage of the business opportunities the floating city project is creating. Nothing could be further from the truth. The territory doesn't need a United Nations membership to function as a sovereign territory, or to exercise its inalienable right for self-determination