Zimbabwe pleads for R8.6bn aid from donors after last month's cyclone

Zimbabwe has appealed for $613 million (R8.6 billion) worth of aid from local and foreign donors following the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai last month.

The damage has left thousands, mostly along the east of the country, in dire need of food, water and shelter.

Zimbabwe correspondent Peta Thornycroft, says a number of crops have been destroyed in regions like Chipinge which is a very strong farming area.

Speaking on the destruction of roads connecting the east of Harare with the rest of the country, Thornycroft says private contractors have been moved in to reconnect the region with the rest of Zimbabwe.

Of course Zimbabwe's government is completely bankrupt, schools have been destroyed in the east of the country and of course they are still looking for dead bodies, we are not sure what the death toll is.

Peta Thornycroft, Africa correspondent - Zimbabwe

Many thousands of people have no homes and have lost their crops. Zimbabwe is a heavily agricultural country and the agriculture there is very strong.

Peta Thornycroft, Africa correspondent - Zimbabwe

This appeal that I have seen is mostly beyond just the cyclone, it is that Zimbabwe's latest maize crop is only about half of what they need until the next crop. They probably need to find finance for about 700 000 tons of maize, so they need an enormous amount for food aid.

Peta Thornycroft, Africa correspondent - Zimbabwe

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