The Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe has released US$800 000 in cash as emergency humanitarian assistance to the Zimbabwean government to help with its disaster relief and rebuilding effort following the trail of destruction left by Cyclone Idai.

China has over the years been among Zimbabwe’s most consistent friends providing assistance and funding wherever necessary and this Thursday (yesterday) the Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Guo Shaochun announced the Chinese government’s US$800 000 donation which is set to help the people affected by Cyclone Idai.

“As a brother of Zimbabwe, China will always stand side by side with Zimbabwe at such a moment and will continue to help the Zimbabwe people to overcome difficulty within its ability. The Chinese government and the Chinese community in Zimbabwe will also join the Zimbabwean government and people in the reconstructions efforts,” said Mr Shaochun.

On the 20th of March President Xi Jinping of China sent a condolence message to his Zimbabwean counterpart President Emmerson Mnangagwa following the disaster.

So far the Chinese community in Zimbabwe has managed to mobilise supplies worth US$310 000.

Another Chinese company based in Zimbabwe Mingchang Sino Africa Mining Investments yesterday (Thursday) handed over to the Zimbabwe Defence Forces graders, excavators and other road maintenance equipment as well as manpower to be used in infrastructure rebuilding and rescue efforts.