The taskforce appointed by the President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa to deal with the aftermath of Cyclone Idai is headed for the affected areas in Chimanimani and Chipinge to familiarise with the situation before they begin work next week.

The Cyclone Idai reconstruction and resettlement taskforce is on a familiarisation tour to establish the real situation on the ground before any decisions that have to deal with reconstruction of affected communities and resettlement are finalised.

“This follows the President having pronounced the 10 point plan which was formulated by comprehensive reports given to Cabinet by chairman of the Disaster Management Committee with some decisions having been already made which need now to be implemented but we thought it fit to first of all get familiar with what is on the ground that is why we are here,” the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda said.

Chairman of the Public Service Commission Dr Vincent Hungwe said there is need to come up with action driven solutions to help Cyclone Idai survivors.

“I think now we must come up with active oriented action driven interventions to deal with both challenges in the domain of relief and in the domain of more sustainable recovery action, action and action become the driving mantra,” he said.

The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Cde July Moyo and Manicaland Minister of State Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba gave the taskforce a detailed report on the situation in Chimanimani and Chipinge.

Meanwhile, the Office of the President and Cabinet and ZESA Holdings donated a $100 000 each towards the cyclone victims and other provisions that include food and clothing items.