Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Edgar Moyo revealed that 52 pupils and three teachers have been confirmed dead due to Cyclone Idai.
Moyo further revealed that 70 school-going children are unaccounted for and are therefore presumed dead. In an interview with State media, Moyo said:
The number of missing pupils is 70 but we presume them as dead until legally confirmed otherwise. Then 52 were confirmed dead, hence altogether they are 122 pupils. As for the teachers we have three, a headmaster and two teachers who died.
… We have sent in experts on the ground to come up with proper value of what we lost in terms of school infrastructure. The amount could be $10 million.
A total of 87 schools were affected, some schools need complete reconstruction while others need to be repaired here and there depending on the damage that was suffered.
Cyclone Idai struct Chimanimani and Chipinge districts in Manicaland as well parts of Masvingo province on the 15th of March. The flash floods, winds and landslides killed hundreds and damaged infrastructure.