The government has commended the Buhera community for mobilising support to assist Cyclone Idai survivors despite the villagers also being affected by the disaster.

Despite Buhera community being affected by Cyclone Idai with the situation being worsened by the looming drought, the villagers who should be recipients of aid exhibited a rare act of benevolence when they  took the initiative to mobilise a variety of items and clothes  to assist fellow Cyclone Idai survivors in Chimanimani.

The Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrence Shiri visited the affected areas in Buhera and commended the villagers for being highly generous.

“We appreciate that despite being affected by Cyclone Idai you have also mobilised support for others affected in Chimanimani and Chipinge,” he said.

Minister Shiri, however, assured the Buhera community that there will be increased food supply and assistance to reconstruct houses, schools and bridges destroyed by Cyclone Idai as well as repairing boreholes that are no longer functional, an assurance also given by the local legislator, Cde Joseph Chinotimba.

“We will make sure that the affected areas in the district will benefit from all forms of assistance being given to Cyclone Idai survivors elsewhere,” Minister Shiri added.

Buhera district recorded only one death due to Cyclone Idai but the destruction of houses and infrastructure certainly affected the drought-prone district.