from DANAI MWARUMBA in Chimanimani
CHIMANIMANI, (CAJ News) – THE death toll from Cyclone Idai floods ravaging eastern Zimbabwe has risen to 98.
At least 217 people are missing and feared dead in Chimanimani and Chipinge districts in Manicaland Province bordering Mozambique.
An estimated 10 000 people have been cut-off communication, roads are impassible while homes have destroyed as the horrific weather extended to
the ancient province of Masvingo, where four districts are affected.
In Buhera the Marowanyati dam has burst displacing more families. No less than 15 000 people have been displaced.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa was among dignitaries that visited ravaged communities where the military is conducting rescuing operations and
providing relief aid.
He urged authorities to build durable structures to avert being affected by such disasters in future.
“This disaster must get us think long and hard about a broad national housing policy which takes safety issues into consideration,” Mnangagwa said.
Mnangagwa earlier cut short his official visit to the United Arab Emirates to attend to the unfolding disaster.
Nick Mangwana, government spokesperson, said army engineers were creating detours to make roads passable for agencies to reach all the affected people.
“That means that we can get some aid through because a convoy that we had was stuck,” he said in the Manicaland provincial capital Mutare.
The convoy carried aid, medication, food and other supplies.
Fungai Mbetsa, Masvingo Provincial Administrator and Civil Protection Unit (CPU) head, said more than 1 500 people are in dire need of relief in Bikita, Gutu, Masvingo and Zaka districts.
“The situation is under control and no more deaths have been reported today (Tuesday),” Mbetsa said.
Cyclone Idai, whose rampaging winds of about 177kms per hour, is also afflicting Malawi and Mozambique.
- CAJ News