Cyclone Idai: Death Toll Rises To 89

The number of confirmed deaths as a result of Cyclone Idai has reached 89. In an interview with Reuters, the Ministry of Information permanent secretary, Nick Mangwana said:

… the number of confirmed deaths throughout the country is now 89.

Chimanimani district has been cut off from the rest of the country by torrential rains and winds of up to 170 km per hour that swept away roads, homes and bridges and knocked out power and communication lines.

Meanwhile, some roads were destroyed while bridges were washed away by raging rivers. As a result, some parts of Manicaland are not accessible by road.

This has made it difficult for officials and well-wishers to send help to the affected people.

Moreover, families are not able to bury the dead due to floods as their homes were flattened by rock falls and mudslides or washed away by torrential rains.

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