CHIMANIMANI East legislator Joshua Sacco, who has been coordinating rescue efforts in parts of the eastern highlands together with officials from the civic sector as well as the Civil Protection Unit, has confirmed that the death toll from Cyclone Idai now stands at 65.
With dozens people still missing, he reckoned the number dead is expected to rise. Among the casualties were two pupils and a security officer from St Charles Lwanga High School, and 10 victims from Ngangu Township in Chimanimani, which was the most affected.
The tropical cyclone, which originated off the Mozambican coast, has been named the worst natural disaster in the world so far this year. It has killed nearly 150 so far and displaced hundreds more.
Meanwhile, a ministerial delegation is stuck at Mvumvumvu River bridge towards Nedziwa where there is the district command centre.
Earlier on, State daily The Herald reported that a delegation of government ministers met with the provincial civil protection unit in Mutare before proceeding to Chimanimani to assess the situation. But they got marooned off after a bridge collapsed and cut them off.