Cyclone Idai Death Toll Now At 89 In Zimbabwe

As Cyclone Idai continues to wreak havoc in Manicaland and other parts of the country the death toll has now risen to 89 people.

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However, the authorities expect the number to increase in the next few days due to a large number of people who have been reported to be missing. At the last count, there were well over 200 people who have been reported missing.

The figure of 89 was given to international publication Reuters by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Ndabaningi “Nick” Mangwana.

According to Reuters, the Chimanimani district has been cut off from the rest of the country by torrential rains and winds of up to 170 km per hour that swept away roads, homes and bridges and knocked out power and communication lines.

Many people from Chimanimani have been sleeping in the mountains since Friday after their homes were flattened by rock falls and mudslides or washed away by torrential rains. Many families cannot bury the dead due to the floods. President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared the cyclone a state of disaster.

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