Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister, Joel Biggie Matiza, was in Chimanimani this Friday to inspect construction progress on roads and bridges at various sites.

Roads and bridges were destroyed in Chimanimani in March this year when Cyclone Idai ravaged Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique leaving over 1 300 people dead.

The minister was accompanied by Chimanimani East legislator, Joshua Sacco.

“I am happy with the progress on the ground, we are still on schedule despite the rains, and if all goes well by December we should be able to record significant progress,” said minister Matiza.

Charter bridge that cuts along Nyahode river is expected to be complete before the end of November whilst Biriri and Mhandarume bridges are about 90 percent complete.

Over US$4 billion is needed to help Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe recover from the devastating effects of Cyclone Idai that hit the three southern African nations earlier this year.

Speaking at a planning workshop for climate resilient investment in reconstruction and development in the cyclone affected regions of Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe earlier this month, representatives from the three countries said they had not been able to attract enough financial support to rebuild lives and fast track early recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction after Cyclones Idai and Kenneth.

Of the $4bn, Mozambique, which suffered the most from the two cyclones, needs $3.2 billion for its reconstruction efforts while Malawi requires $370 million and Zimbabwe between $600 and $700 million. Mozambique was affected by the two cyclones while Zimbabwe and Malawi suffered the brunt of Idai.