Following its landfall in Mozambique Cyclone Idai continued west to Zimbabwe as a Tropical Storm, wreaking havoc in several districts in the eastern part of the country, with Chimanimani and Chipinge districts in Manicaland Province being the hardest-hit.
Idai first made landfall on Mozambique's central coast on Thursday night, cutting off more than half a million people in the Indian Ocean port city of Beira.
TRT World's Natasha Hussain reports.
The city remains cut-off from the surrounding areas as the storm has rendered major roads impassable, according to the United Nations.
"The situation is awful".
Power utility company Eskom said power imports from neighbouring Mozambique had been affected by the cyclone and as a result had rolled out stage 4 load-shedding.
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Speaking to news agency Reuters, Nick Mangwana, Zimbabwe's Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Publicity, said, "The number of confirmed deaths throughout the country is now 89".
Mozambique's environment minister, Celso Correia, warned that the death tally would rise.
Beira global airport was closed because of cyclone damage but later reopened. "The scale of devastation is enormous", said Jamie LeSueur, who is leading the IFRC team into Beira.
Some 31 people have been killed by Idai-related floods in Zambia, officials said.
The majority of those unaccounted for are thought to be government workers, whose housing complex was completely engulfed by raging waters. Their fate was unknown because the area was still unreachable. "We are very anxious because all these houses were just suddenly submerged under water and literally washed away and that is where we have about 147 missing", said Joshua Sacco, a local lawmaker.
The Acting Minister of Defence Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri said they have called in all army engineers from across the country to help in the situation.
A $50 million rescue and rebuild mission is now underway to fix roads, bridges, schools, communication lines and provide healthcare to those affected. Announcing the fund Ministry of information said, "Treasury is disbursing $50M for Emergency and Infrastructure Restoration".
"Chimanimani district has more than 150 houses and eight bridges; Umvumvumvu, Biriiri, Muusha, Silverstream, Machongwe, Charter, Pondo Farm and Mhandarume destroyed by the cyclone".
The local legislator revealed that rescue helicopters from the military were on standby waiting for clouds and winds to subside.