Oppah Muchinguri Admits That Govt Did Not Take Cyclone Idai Seriously

Minister of Defence Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri has admitted that the government was ill prepared to handled Cyclone Idai because it failed to anticipate the magnitude of the cyclone. Idai has wreaked havoc in Manicaland and at least 98 people have been confirmed to have died while more 200 others are missing.

Speaking to the media in Chimanimani on Tuesday, Muchinguri-Kashiri is quoted as saying

I had not anticipated Cyclone Idai to be so bad. We had heard that floods were coming and a cyclone, but we had not moved or done anything to help ourselves.

I think we as people of Manicaland province have learnt a lesson and next time we will protect lives and urge people to move to know what will happen, and we move into camps together with the government’s help.

Authorities in Malawi have said that 150 people have died as a result of the cyclone while Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has said that he expects the deaths to be greater than 1000.

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