Tropical Cyclone Idai has hit Zimbabwe starting with the Eastern parts of the country.
The cyclone is accompanied by strong winds and there is a risk of flooding in low lying areas. Cyclone Idai is expected to influence local weather conditions between 15 to 17 March. Below is an update on the rescue efforts by Government as supplied by the Information ministry:
Chimanimani has been hit hard. Areas affected include Chimanimani urban, Charleshood Farm, Machongwe, Vumba and Kopa Growth Point. Haroni River in Ward 12 has burst its banks. Nyahonde River at Kopa business centre has burst.
Power disrupted in the Chimanimani area. Some bridges have been swept away cutting access. Bridge at Pondo Farm has been swept away. Manase Village has also been adversely affected and communication is a challenge.
Rescue efforts hampered by darkness but the Airforce of Zimbabwe has been deployed to move people to safety.
Sakubva Musika roofing sheets blown off by Tropical Cyclone Idai which struck in Mutare.
More than 100 people have been killed and 843,000 affected by torrential rains in Malawi, Mozambique, and South Africa as a result of the cyclone.