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Mnangagwa, small political parties visit cyclone disaster areas

by Staff reporter
04 Apr 2019 at 11:14hrs | Views
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is in Manicaland together with members of other political parties who are visiting Chimanimani and Chipinge in an effort to increase the level of assistance to cyclone Idai survivors.

Upon his arrival yesterday, President Mnangagwa was briefed by the Provincial Administrator Ediger Seenza, who is also the head of the Civil Protection Department (CPD) in Manicaland that the death toll has risen to 339 people following communication that 158 people washed away by the cyclone were buried in Mozambique.

Mr Seenza says over 11 893 houses were affected with 4970 totally destroyed.

The CPD commended the President for making the clarion call for assistance saying the response has been great with the United Arab Emirates providing massive relief to survivors.

President Mnangagwa commended political parties that have fulfilled the agreement reached in Harare to visit Cyclone Idai affected areas.

Giving a vote of thanks representing other political party leaders MDC-T leader Ms Thokozani Khupe said it is important that political parties unite on issues of national interest, adding that unity is critical in developing the country.

Other political parties leaders present include Professor Lovemore Madhuku of the NCA and Brian Mteki.

The teams will be visiting different areas affected by the cyclone in Manicaland with Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga also leading another team.

Other teams will be led by Ministers and senior government officials.

All the teams will then converge in Ngangu, one of the most ravaged areas, before finishing their tour.

Source - zbc