Cyclone Idai: President Mnangagwa returns to Zimbabwe urgently, UN team to help victims
"UN Zimbabwe team is on the ground joining government and other partners in supporting the needy and continue to join in in the recovery efforts," UN Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe Bishow Parajuli said in a tweet.
Zimbabwean civil society is also mobilizing resources to help people whose houses were destroyed in flooding, rock slides and mudslides that have left at least 31 people dead and scores of others missing since Friday.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared a state of disaster in the affected areas, which enables the government to launch an international appeal for assistance.
The military is assisting with evacuation efforts for those who are stranded.
Zimbabwean authorities said Sunday that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has cut short his official trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to get directly involved in relief efforts for thousands of people affected by tropical cyclone Idai.
In a tweet, Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting said Mnangagwa has already launched an international appeal for help, starting with the UAE Red Crescent Society.
The United Nations team in Zimbabwe has already joined the government and other partners in supporting about 8,000 people affected by Idai in the southeastern parts of the country.
Mnangagwa has declared a state of disaster in the affected areas. ■