40 families were left homeless in Mberengwa alone as Cyclone Dineo ravaged the Midlands Province.

The torrential rains left a trail of destruction in Mberengwa and some parts of Gokwe where vital infrastructure was decimated, crops flattened, livestock and homesteads swept away while in Mberengwa South over 40 families were left homeless.

Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Jason Machaya said the scale of destruction is massive in Mberengwa and plans are afoot to engage the army and other stakeholders to assist in setting up temporary bridges in the affected areas.

Midlands Provincial Administrator, Mr Abiot Marongwe said mobilisation of food, medicine and tents for the affected families has already begun but being hampered by flooding which is making it difficult for assistance to get to the affected areas.

Mr Marongwe added that it is too early to tell how many homesteads have been destroyed so far or if any lives were lost but the government is on the ground with its partners to assist affected families despite challenges of inaccessibility.