Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, July Moyo, confirmed the United Nations availed a helicopter to Zimbabwe with a capacity to carry three tonnes to speed up the food distribution process in areas ravaged by Cyclone Idai.
Moyo said the World Food Programme would set up a tent at Mutare Aerodrome where the food would be carried from for distribution in Chimanimani and Chipinge. Said Moyo:
We have been briefed by the UN system that a helicopter is headed for Mutare. They will be working with Air Force of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe National Army to reach out all areas that are still inaccessible. The food is there, but our major challenge is transport. Our helicopters can only carry up to a tonne of grain and this was quiet taxing to reach out to as many people as possible. By yesterday, we had reached out to 26 centres in Chimanimani.