Army Reveals Shocking Figures, At Least 500 Missing In Chimanimani

Cyclone Idai’s devastation on Manicaland was much greater than people had expected and the army has revealed that at least 500 people are missing from the Rusitu Valley in Chimanimani district.

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Cyclone Idai may very well turn out to be the worst weather phenomenon that the country has experienced as the death toll is currently at 98 bodies although the authorities expect this figure to go up.

3 Infantry Brigade commander Major General Joe Muzvidziwa, who is leading the army rescue mission revealed that they do not have an accurate number yet but said that he expects the figure to be well above 500. In an interview with The Chronicle, General Muzvidziwa said,

“We still need more nurses because those at Ngangu Clinic in Chimanimani Township are overwhelmed. At least doctors have arrived and they are already working.

We are still getting reports of areas that need assistance and we have made several flights into some of the affected areas . We do not have sufficient data on the numbers of people who died and those that are missing. In fact, when the data collation is done, we are expecting the number of missing people not to be less than 500.

The good thing is that the water levels have receded and if we manage to clear the roads we could have a clear picture by end of day tomorrow.”

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