A United Nations delegation led by acting resident coordinator Dr Esther Muia paid a courtesy call on the Minister of State for Manicaland before departing to Chimanimani and Chipinge to assess the damage caused by Cyclone Idai.

UN has sent a team to assess the situation in areas hit by Cyclone Idai with efforts being to register the exact help that the areas and people need.

According to UN acting resident coordinator, there are teams that are already on the ground and the UN has also mobilised resources to help the cyclone victims.

“The other thing as we stand ready to support, the who, what, when becomes very important so we really need accurate figures because when you hear a pregnant woman gave birth with the assistance of her husband then you wonder how many more pregnant women are out there. We have put different people on the ground to support you,” said Dr Muia.

Minister of State for Manicaland Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba gave the delegation a briefing on the situation and indicated the efforts made so far in helping the victims.

“The main challenge that we face is about the road and bridges there is no access to where the people are and as such taking food and other items has been quite a challenge. The air assets that we have are quite limited and also of limited capacity. There have been quite good efforts by our military to try and reach out where there are no roads,” she said.

Dr Muia thanked the Zimbabwean government and other nations and entities that have so far extended their help to Cyclone Idai victims.

The UN delegation comprised of UNICEF, UNFP and WHO agencies who are expected to carry out a detailed investigation on the situation in the disaster struck areas.