Ministerial Statement - Update on Cyclone Idai Disaster - Senate, 26th March 2019

This statement was made in the Senate on Tuesday 26th March 2019

 

MINISTERIAL STATEMENT

UPDATE ON CYCLONE IDAI DISASTER

THE MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC WORKS AND NATIONAL HOUSING (HON. J. MOYO):  Thank you Mr. President. Hon. Senators, I want to inform this august House about the situation in Manicaland, particularly in Chimanimani area where Cyclone Idai has devastated our people and left a lot of them buried under rubbles of mud slides as well as stones.  This occurrence took place in Manicaland but has affected many other provinces including Masvingo in the districts of Zaka, Bikita and Gutu; as well as Mashonaland East in the districts of Chikomba and partly Seke. It has affected parts of Midlands in Chirumanzu. In most of the districts in Manicaland, except Makoni, we have received reports of either those who have died or infrastructure that has been extensively damaged. The President of Zimbabwe declared a national disaster after that occurrence and we have been appealing to Zimbabweans, cooperating partners as well as our neighbours in SADC to give us assistance.

The damage to infrastructure has been extensive but the damage that has occurred to individuals, families, children, adults and women has been very intense.  The epicentre of that Cyclone was in Chimanimani East Constituency ...

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