Local Government Minister July Moyo said that the death toll from Tropical Cyclone Idai is set to rise as there is a high number of people who are yet to be accounted for.
Addressing the media after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday in the capital Harare, Moyo said:
The number of casualties has been a fast-moving figure.
Most of the casualties come from either collapsed buildings and people are trapped in the collapsed buildings or secondly the mudslides and people are buried under and we have not moved enough equipment to do the job of excavating.
People have resorted to using shovels. That is why it is important for us to move equipment out there. Some have been taken by rivers which come and sweep the whole homestead…this 98 I am sure will not be the last we will hear.
Score of people died from rockfalls, landslides and drowning as the cyclone lashed Manicaland, Mashonaland East and Masvingo Provinces over the weekend.