Government will conduct a census using official records to determine the number of people who have been staying in communities that were affected by Cyclone Idai.
The census will be done in Chimanimani and Chipinge. This was revealed by Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister Ellen Gwaradzimba on Monday while talking to UNFPA representative Dr Esther Muia of the situation in the affected areas. Said Gwaradzimba:
We have got a number of people who died and it is very difficult to ascertain the exact number. It is difficult to rely on assumptions, but for those that have not been accounted for we say they are missing until we have got evidence that they actually died because people are scattered and displaced. So at the moment we are still to carry out a census based on official records on the people who lived within a locality. That way, we would be able to establish whether someone died or not.