The death toll from Cyclone Idai which rocked Manicaland over a week ago, has shot up to 179 according to Local Government Minister July Moyo.
The figure is almost a 100 people less than the numbers given by UN agencies offering relief services in affected areas. According to several UN agencies at least 259 people died after Cyclone Idai ripped through the south eastern districts of Manicaland, leaving behind it a trail of destruction and death two weeks ago.
Moyo revealed the figures while briefing envoys accredited to Harare as well as international organisations that have chipped in with help to those affected by the natural disaster on Monday.
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