Cyclone Idai: 70 Killed, Govt To Provide $1 000 To Bereaved Families

A state-owned daily publication, The Herald, reports that the number of deaths resulting from Tropical Cyclone Idai has reached 70 people.

65 deaths were recorded in Manicaland, 4 in Masvingo, and one in Mashonaland East respectively.

Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister July Moyo said that the bodies of the 65 died due to drowning and injuries sustained during mudslides.


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Public Service Minister, Sekai Nzenza, said that the government is facing challenges in delivering foodstuffs to affected families. Said Nzenza:

It is risky to access most of the areas because of the mudslides and people need food and clean water.

Most of the people who died were affected by mudslides and the ferocious water.

Some of them were trapped by falling stones and trees and our challenge is to give them a decent burial.

Meanwhile, Minister Moyo revealed the government will provide $1 000 for each of the bereaved families and transport to destinations of burial.

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More: The Herald

July MoyoSekai Nzenza

July Moyo is a Zimbabwean politician who is a member of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party and the current Minister of Local Government. Public Works and National Housing. Moyo is the deputy secretary of Administration and former Midlands Governor. He has been... Read More About July Moyo

Sekai Nzenza is the current Minister of Industry and Commerce in the Government of Zimbabwe. She is also a writer and an international development consultant specialising in NGO accountability, health, microenterprise and human rights. She was born in rural Zimbabwe and trained as a nurse... Read More About Sekai Nzenza

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Cyclone Idai: 70 Killed, Govt To Provide $1 000 To Bereaved Families