President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday flew to Manicaland to assess the situation on the ground following the disaster caused by cyclone Idai which has so far left 98 people dead and more missing.
Mnangagwa who was accompanied by his Vice President Constantino Chiwenga was set to visit Chimanimami and Chipinge to enable him to get a first hand information on what was needed to assist the crisis.
By late afternoon, the president had landed in Mutare and was received by a team of ministers led by Joel Biggie Matiza and Perrence Shiri who have been on the ground attending to the crisis which left a trail if destruction in the province.
As of Tuesday morning, more than 200 people were still uncounted for and 150 injured.
Roads leading to Chimanimami and Chipinge were impassable while homes and public institutions had been destroyed.
As that was not enough, efforts to reach to the affected families were fruitless with more than 100 people said to be marooned at various centres.
According to government, the affected families were in dire need of water, shelter and medicines.
On Monday, Mnangagwa announced that had allocated $50 million from the 2% tax fund towards the disaster but human rights groups and humanitarian organisations have said the figure was a far cry from the state of the calamity.
Due to the crisis, organisations such as ECONET, Netone and others have chipped in and are running resource mobilisation efforts to assist the victim’s.
On Tuesday morning, some of the deceased persons were being hurried in makeshift coffins as governent was battling to reach them in time for burial.
According to traditional leaders in Chimanimami and Chipinge, some of the dead bodies were found flotting on water and were near decomposition forcing them to do mass burials with no proper funerals.