Updates by Zimbabwe’s Information Ministry confirm that Chimanimani had been hit hard by Cyclone Idai which has now crossed into Zimbabwe.
Said the ministry this morning:
Chimanimani has been hit hard. Areas affected include Chimanimani urban, Charleshood Farm, Machongwe, Vhimba and Kopa Growth Point. Haroni River in Ward 12 has burst its banks. Nyahonde River at Kopa business centre has burst. Govt responding
Power disrupted in the Chimanimani area. Some bridges cutting access. Bridge at Pondo Farm has been swept away. Manase Village has also been adversely affected and communication is a challenge
Rescue efforts hampered by darkness but the Airforce of Zimbabwe has been deployed to winch people to safety.