Cyclone Idai Deaths Toll Now At 259 In Zimbabwe, Highest Of All The Countries says UN

The government has revealed that according to the United Nations, the number of deaths from Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe has risen to 259. This is the highest death toll for all three countries which were devasted by the cyclone.

Cyclone Idai Deaths Toll Now At 259 In Zimbabwe, Highest Of All The Countries says UN
A man searches for missing family members with his dog on March 18, 2019, in eastern Zimbabwe, after the area was hit by Cyclone Idai.

This information was revealed by Deputy Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Energy Mutodi who wrote on social media,

Cyclone Idai Update: UN figures show Zimbabwe had the highest number of deaths due to Cyclone Idai with 259 deaths, compared to Mozambique 242 and Malawi 56. Landslides made the situation worse in Zimbabwe. There are fears the cyclone will return within days.

Mutodi has previously defended the government’s failure to evacuate the people of Manicaland before Cyclone Idai landed in Zimbabwe arguing that it would have resulted in false claims of rape and human rights abuses.

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