The government has declared a state of national disaster the accident that claimed 12 lives in Mudzi on Friday.
Mudzi District Development Coordinator, Robert Muzezewa, who chairs the District Civil Protection Department, said they are assisting relatives of the deceased with burial arrangements. He said:
We are going to set up a centre at Mtoko Hospital where the bodies of the deceased were taken and we will assist the families with burial arrangements…Although we were overwhelmed we had to recall other members of staff who were on leave to come and assist us.
When an accident is declared a state of national disaster, the government has to mobilise resources to assist the injured and bereaved families with cash and burial arrangements.
The Mudzi accident occurred at the 186 km peg along the Harare Nyamapanda highway when a commuter omnibus they were travelling in burst its tyre and veered off the road.