Chimanimani district has been cut off from the rest of the country by torrential rains and winds of up to 170 km per hour that swept away roads, homes and bridges and knocked out power and communication lines.
Official sources in Mozambique say at least 68 people were killed in the cyclone. Zimbabwean officials told reporters that 89 people died in Zimbabwe.
Local government minister July Moyo in an exclusive interview with VOA warned that the number of fatalities is likely to rise.
“The death toll has risen from 31 to over 64 now. Some of the bodies have been found floating along the rivers,” July Moyo, the local government minister told reporters.
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According to the Ministry of Information, hundreds of people have been left homeless as heavy rains are pounding Chimanimani, Mutare, Chipinge and other surrounding areas.
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