HARARE, March 24 — Zimbabwe began two days of national mourning on Saturday in remembrance of the victims of Cyclone Idai which induced floods ravaging the eastern and southern parts of the country last weekend.
The Civil Protection Unit said that as of Friday night, the death toll from Idai in Zimbabwe had risen to 154 with 187 still missing. 162 people were injured while 136 were marooned.
The worst affected areas include Chipinge and Chimanimani districts in Manicaland Province, where almost entire villages were swept away in some cases.
In Mozambique, the government declared three days of national mourning starting Wednesday for the victims of Idai, which hit the country’s central coastal region with devastating storms and floods starting from last Thursday.
The death toll caused by Idai in central Mozambique rose to 417, Minister of Land and Environment and Rural Development Celso Correia said on Saturday.
Correia told reporters that the numbers are expected to rise as the disaster-hit area was of 3,000 square kilometers.
“There is a very large impact on the affected areas, and through drones we have been receiving preliminary data, and unfortunately we now have 417 deaths and 1,528 injured,” said Correia.
The minister said that some 89,000 people are in shelters, and more are being rescued and evacuated from besieged areas.
In Malawi, Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services said Idai also affected the landlocked southern African country.
Statistics indicated that one person died in the Nsanje district with about 68,000 people affected in the country.
As rescue and search efforts continue, donations of relief supplies to the victims are pouring in from local people, companies, regional governments and international aid agencies.
The China International Development Cooperation Agency on Thursday said that China will provide humanitarian assistance to cyclone-hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
The Agency said the Chinese side expresses condolences to the affected people and is ready to offer a hand for the reconstruction work in the cyclone-stricken countries according to the needs of the affected areas.
Chinese government has decided to donate 800,000 U.S. dollars in cash as emergency humanitarian assistance to Zimbabwe to help the country with its disaster relief work, the Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe Guo Shaochun announced Friday.
The United States, the United Nations and the European Union have also contributed with donations to the affected countries.