The diplomatic community in Zimbabwe has pledged to continue assisting government in mitigating the effects of Cyclone Idai.

This came out at a briefing by government on the latest developments in Manicaland and other affected areas.

Diplomats and UN agencies in Zimbabwe say they are committed to making a difference and assisting in the reconstruction of areas affected by Cyclone Idai.

The diplomats inquired on the actual needs by government in the construction of bridges, schools, food relief and psycho-social support while others requested the government to ensure there are no delays of trucks carrying aid from neighbouring countries at border posts.

Senator for Chimanimani and Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa said communities in the affected areas need socio-economic support.

The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Cde July Moyo told the diplomats that government has managed to compile a list of requirements and will continue to update the nation and the diplomatic community.

The death toll is now placed at 179 confirmed and among them were 12 unidentified bodies which have since been buried.

Three hundred and twenty-nine others are missing while 6 788 were displaced in Chimanimani.

The cyclone resulted in the destruction of 11 bridges and affected a total of 80 schools among them St Charles Lwanga which has been closed.

The briefing saw a high powered ministerial delegation comprising seven ministers attending.