WATCH: Ugly scenes as cyclone hits Chimanimani
Rusitu Valley is also bearing the brunt of the cyclone which is expected to continue over the weekend and also affect Masvingo, Mashonaland East and Mashonaland Central provinces.
Eye witnesses said heavy rains erupted from mountains in Chimanimani, sweeping away houses and in the process leaving huge gullies.
CYCLONE IDAI UPDATES— Ministry of Information, Publicity & Broadcasting (@InfoMinZW) March 16, 2019
Number of deaths is confirmed at 24 mainly from Chimanimani East #CycloneIdai
The desperate eye witnesses said the situation needs an urgent intervention, adding that the extent of destruction can only be fully established later in the day as the incident occurred around midnight Friday to early hours Saturday.
The number of missing people is currently 40. The fatalities include 2 students. The ZNA is seized with the rescue effort but bridges that got swept away are slowing down their efforts #CycloneIdai— Ministry of Information, Publicity & Broadcasting (@InfoMinZW) March 16, 2019
A glimpse into the trail of destruction to infrastructure and nature as Cyclone Idai sweeps over Eastern Zimbabwe. @ICRC_SAfrica @IFRCAfrica @ItalyinZimbabwe @SwedeninZW @BritishRedCross @RedCross @SABCNewsOnline @ZBCNewsonline @kimstambuli @takemorem1 pic.twitter.com/zm9L0D92lZ— Zimbabwe Red Cross (@ZrcsRed) March 16, 2019
Two eye witnesses Munyaradzi Chinoda and Ellias Simango said it is difficult to determine the level of destruction but a number of houses at the local high density suburb have been swept away.
Some roads linking the Ngangu high density suburb and Chipinge town have been swept away, while people whose houses have been affected have sought refuge at the local shopping centre and nearby houses.
Tanganda tea estate yesterday. Eastern highlands zimbabwe under cyclone Idai. pic.twitter.com/qs81SmKuni— Julie Havercroft (@juleshcroft) March 16, 2019