The Department of Civil Protection says the temporary reduction in rainfall currently being experienced across the country has enabled it to access places that were inaccessible as well as making food deliveries to the needy areas in the southern parts of the country affected by flooding.

The department’s director, Mrs Sibusisiwe Ndlovu says the assessment to ascertain the damages by Cyclone Dineo are still continuing.

She said statistics of damages are rising and the dry conditions prevailing in the southern parts of the country have enabled the CPU committees to access some areas and assess the damages.

The Meteorological Services Department projects that it should be dry over the country, much so in the southern provinces.

Any rainfall activity should be short lived and concentrated along the central watershed stretching from Gweru to Harare.

Zimbabwe Republic Police Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba called on Zimbabweans to continue to be alert despite the dry conditions as people continue to drown trying to cross flooded rivers.

She said the number of people who died has exceeded 246 while 128 people were injured and over 2 500 homesteads damaged due to flooding.

Statistics from the CPU continue to rise with the department reporting 101 secondary schools, 287 primary schools and 140 small and medium dams damaged by the floods which were caused by Cyclone Dineo.