President Emmerson Mnangagwa has touched down in Manicaland to visit areas ravaged by Cyclone Idai and meet the affected families.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaks to ZBC News soon after arrival at Mutare Aerodrome

Speaking to ZBC News’ Reporter Theophilus Chuma soon after touching down at Mutare Aerodrome, President Mnangagwa said he is in Manicaland to assess the level of intervention that is needed to deal with the devastating destruction at the hands of Cyclone Idai.

“We are here to assess the extent of the devastation in order for us to mobilise the necessary resources as government,”.

The President said he was grateful to the entire country for the swift responds in terms of mobilising material support to the affected communities.

“I am so happy that at domestic level all our provinces have responded with assistance in various ways.

He revealed that countries in the SADC region including Tanzania, Botswana, Angola and Namibia have requested that the country tables its needs following the cyclone so that they can chip in with assistance.

Shortly after arrival, President Mnangagwa went straight into a closed door briefing with top government officials on the cyclone devastation and progress with the relief efforts.

Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga, Minister Sekai Nzenza, Minister Perrance Shiri, Minister Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri, Zanu PF Manicaland Chairperson Cde Mike Madiro and former minister Patrick Chinamasa are among those attending the briefing.