The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa revealed Cyclone Idai was preceded by an earthquake in Chimanimani and Chipinge. Briefing journalists after the eleventh meeting of Cabinet in Harare yesterday, Mutsvangwa said:
Cabinet has also established that the scale of the disaster was to some extent exacerbated by a 3.8 magnitude earthquake which hit the Chimanimani areas shortly before the onset of the cyclone.
Mutsvangwa also spoke of government plans in addressing the damages caused by both the cyclone and the earthquake. She said:
A team of experts is currently on the ground in the Chimanimani and Chipinge areas carrying out a disaster vulnerability assessment exercise with a view to determining the suitable long term settlement and land use patterns.
During his two visits to Chimanimani and Chipinge, President Mnangagwa highlighted that there was an unexplained phenomenon that happened in the areas which experts should investigate.
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