UN ups Zimbabwe aid appeal to $294m after Cyclone Idai

Cyclone Idai killed at least 268 people in Zimbabwe and hundreds more in neighbouring Mozambique and Malawi.

FILE: Cyclone Idai survivors in Zimbabwe's Ngangu township. Picture: AFP

HARARE - The United Nations asked donors on Friday for an extra $60 million to help Zimbabwe recover from a cyclone that tore through its eastern regions last month.

The storm flooded swathes of land, exacerbating a humanitarian crisis caused by an earlier drought. It killed at least 268 in the southern African country and hundreds more in neighbouring Mozambique and Malawi.

"The revised humanitarian flash appeal aims to respond to the rising humanitarian needs of people in Zimbabwe due to a dry spell, challenging economic situation and compounded by the recent Cyclone Idai disaster," the UN's resident coordinator in Harare, Bishow Parajuli, said.

The request raised its total current appeal for Zimbabwe to $294 million.

Zimbabweans are also facing an economic crisis - prices of staples such as sugar, cooking oil and rice have risen as much as 60% since February, fuelling anger against President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government.