Tropical Cyclone Idai, Latest Updates

Nick Mangwana (Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information)

The effort to reach the marooned compatriots is hindered by these kinds of rubble and debris on the road. But we are witnessing a lot of bravery and commitment from everyone including volunteers and other well-wishers #CycloneIdai

The Zimbabwe Assemblies Of God Africa Forward In Faith Ministries (ZAOGA) has appealed to its members to contribute to the relief efforts towards helping the victims of Tropical Cyclone Idai in Manicaland and Masvingo provinces. The notice reads as follows:

To the leaders and saints of Zimbabwe Assemblies Of God Africa Forward In Faith Ministries.

Re: Cyclone Idai Disaster Appeal

Cyclone Idai has hit Chimanimani District with heavy rainfall and violent winds. The rain and heavy rains are ongoing and are expected to continue for three days or so.

Houses, cars and livestock have been swept away and many people are feared dead including our own believers. Others have taken refuge in mountains and high places including some of our churches.

These are without food, clothing, blankets and or any form of livelihood. The situation is very desperate and our intervention and assistance is urgently needed.

On behalf of the servants and apostles of God professor EH Guti and Dr Eunor Guti, we are kindly requesting for your generous assistance in the form of foodstuffs, clothes, blankets and money to alleviate the situation.

The relief response is being done under ZAOGA’s own NGO called EZEKIEL GUTI DEVELOPMENT TRUST (EGUDE).

The notice goes to list the food and non-food items that can be donated, rice, mealie meal, beans, salt, sugar, matemba and cooking oil. Non-food items include clothing, blankets, soap and water containers.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Ndavaningi Nick Mangwana said:

As we face the tragedy unleashed upon us by #Cycloneidai it is encouraging that most Zimbabweans have rallied behind the rescue and relief causes rather than embark on cheap finger pointing. The victims would any day choose relief in place of being made crass political capital.

The United Nations (UN) Country Team in Zimbabwe is the UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of UNDP Zimbabwe Bishow Parajuli has expressed his condolences over the people killed in the country by Tropical Cyclone Idai. Wrote Parajuli:

Deeply sad to learn about this devastating loss of life and destruction: prayers and sincere condolences: @UNZimbabwe team is on the ground joining Govt and other partners in supporting the needy & will continue to join in in the recovery efforts.

Mazowe South legislator and Deputy Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Development, Fortune Chasi has appealed to Zimbabwean to help people affected by the cyclone. He said:

Bantu benkosi indubeko isi ngene ekhaya. Kufuna sincede abantu neChimamani. Noma yini olakho. Icyclone kayi bandlululi. Kayazi sibongo noma ibandla lezombangazwe. Bakhona abe ZANU-PF labe MDC ALLIANCE. Abamnyama lama khiwa. Izi fuyo. Izi nyamazana zegangeni. KASI NCEDENI!

The situation in Chimanimani requires action and help by all of us. Many will have lost food and clothes. Some are left only with wet clothes on them. No food. MaZimba everywhere let’s do what we can. Clothes from your wardrobe. Food from your pantry or granary. I want to be part..

… Magafa! Mafayaman! Nhasi izuva rekupa veku Chimamani. Ngati bataneyi. Ku Chimanimani kwaita nhamo isina Mupfumi kana murombo. LETS FIGHT CYCLONE IDA by giving zvatinazvo.

If you are a leader in a Corporate here is a splendid opportunity for CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY. Uyu mukana! Let’s DO IT!

The Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services says that Ngangu Township in Chimanimani was the most affected by Cyclone Tropical Idai. In a statement, the Ministry said:

The hardest hit residence is Ngangu Township in Chimanimani. Most losses of life happened here. Over a hundred houses were damaged by mud-falls and rockfalls. This is followed by Rusitu Valley Community whose topography made it difficult for residents and property.

The government has declared a State of Disaster in response to the Tropical Cyclone Idai. A statement issued by the Acting President Constantino Chiwenga reads in part:

Given the tragic loss of life, the general devastation registered so far and the continuing torrential rains, His Excellency the President, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, has declared a State of Disaster in respect of the affected areas, likely to be affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai in terms of Subsection (1) of section 27 of the Civil Protection Act (Chapter 10:06).


Ward 22 – 15 house damaged
Ward 21 – 1 house damaged
Ward 15- 1 house damaged
Ward 7- 1 house damaged

Ward 1 – 16 huts damaged
Ward 7- 8 huts damaged
Ward 8- 35 huts damaged
Ward 13 – 7 huts damaged
Ward 8 – 1 house damaged
Total homeless 5 people


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