Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa declares 2 days of mourning for Cyclone Idai victims

Zimbabwe’s latest death toll from the cyclone is 139, but many more people remain missing one week after the cyclone struck the country.

Survivors listen to Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa (unseen) adressing residents of Ngangu, a township of Chimanimani during his tour of the affected areas, following a devastation by cyclone Idai on 20 March 2019. Picture: AFP

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared two days of national mourning this Saturday and Sunday in the wake of Cyclone Idai.

Zimbabwe’s latest death toll from the cyclone is 139 but many more people remain missing one week after the cyclone struck the country.

Mnangagwa made the announcement at State House.

The two days of mourning on Saturday and Sunday will come one week after the horrors inflicted by Cyclone Idai on eastern Zimbabwe first began to emerge.

On Thursday, the government said at least 139 people in the country have now been confirmed dead as the result of the storm, but that figure could rise.

Rescue and relief efforts are continuing in the affected areas.

On Thursday, China became the latest country to pledge financial support to rebuild areas wreaked by the storm.