The death toll from Tropical Cyclone Idai is now at 65 after more bodies were recovered in Chimanimani and Chipinge, Manicaland province.

Rescue operations are underway and the ZBC News witnessed uniformed forces, who have been deployed to carry out the rescue mission, busy on the ground.   

The Acting Minister of Defence and War Veterans Welfare, Cde July Moyo who is in Manicaland Province to assess the situation together with Ministers; Joel Biggie Matiza and Sekai Nzenza assured the nation that rescue operations were guaranteed.

Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) 3 Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Goe Muzvidziwa said the army is busy assisting all victims.

Cde Nzenza, who heads the Labour, Public Service and Social Welfare portfolio said the government will continue to supply food and shelter.

She also said in the meantime, they remain committed to rescue all affected people, and that the government will certainly find effective ways of attending  to the situation.

The Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development, Cde Matiza said the government with the assistance of development partners will move in swiftly to make the roads passable and effectively attend to the situation in Chimanimani and Chipinge.

Umvumvumvu Bridge along Chimanimani – Mutare road has been swept away this morning, increasing the number of big bridges that have collapsed to five and making the road to the interior of Chimanimani impassable.

People in Chimanimani hailed the stance taken by the government, saying they are now in a desperate situation.

The continued rains that have hit hard on Chipinge and Chimanimani are putting the lives of thousands of people in danger with an urgent intervention required.

The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Cde July Moyo as well as the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Rtd Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri are among the ministers on the ground.