The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has handed over 80 metric tonnes of relief items to Government to assist cyclone Idai survivors in some parts of Manicaland. 

The plane load of assorted relief items is the first consignment from the agency to assist people affected by Cyclone Idai in Chipinge District.

The next consignment which is in the pipeline will assist 20,000 people affected in Chimanimani District.

Handing over the consignment, UNHCR Representative in Zimbabwe, Mr Robert Tibagwa said his organisation will partner with the government of Zimbabwe in assisting people affected by the cyclone

“Zimbabwe has been badly affected by the cyclone and we will do our best to assist,” he said.

The United Nations (UN) Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Bishow Parajuli promised more support from UN agencies and thanked the United Arab Emirates’ Princess Haya for paying for the cargo to reach Zimbabwe.

“A lot of people lost their lives and many are still missing and as the UN, we will continue providing assistance,” he said.

The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare promised that the donations will be distributed in a transparent manner.

“As the government, we are committed to good corporate governance and will ensure that the donations will go to the needy,” she said.

The 80 metric tonne consignment comprised of a land cruiser, mosquito nets, blankets, mattresses and tents among other things is expected to assist 10 000 people in Chimanimani.