Cyclone Idai death toll has risen to 268, a senior governemt official has said.
Addressing journalists at a post cabinet briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting minister Monica Mutsvangwa said cabinet had received a comprehensive update from the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing July Moyo.
“Cabinet received a comprehensive update from the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing on the ongoing rescue and search efforts in the aftermath of the Cyclone Idai Disaster.
“It is noted with sadness that the figure of human fatalities has now risen to 268 and is still expected to rise as the search efforts continue,” she said.
She said cabinet was concerned over the shortage of aircraft to airlift relief.
“Cabinet is concerned over the shortage of aircraft to airlift relief assistance to collection points that are still inaccessible by road, ” she said.
Mutsvangwa said access to the affected areas was improving as more roads were being opened.
“Cabinet noted with satisfaction that access to the affected areas is steadily improving as more roads are being reopened.
“As a consequence of this development, the distribution of food and other forms of relief assistance is now reaching a greater spread of the affected communities,” she said