Cyclone Idai smashed into Mozambique at around midnight on 14 March 2019 before tearing through Zimbabwe and Malawi, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and causing cata-strophic damage and devastating deaths. The cyclone ripped through the eastern parts of Zimba-bwe and it has ravaged homes in its wake. The UNDP estimated that 37% of the rural population in Chipinge and 77% of the population in Chimanimani are in dire need of assistance. Many Zim-babweans and corporates have come together, Innscor Africa has joined the call for relief for those affected with an official handover ceremony that took place in Mutare on 23 March.
Innscor Africa Group of Companies heard the harrowing cries for help and mobilised its collective strength and donated a large and needed consignment of food. The Group of Companies made es-sentials a priority and donated goods which included 100 tonnes of maize-meal, 10 000 loaves, 12 tonnes of salt, 200 blankets, two accommodation tents, 2 tonnes of canned meat, 2 000 crates of eggs which we can always add if need be, 6 tonnes of self-raising flour, 1.5 tonnes of sugar beans, 1 tonne of peanut butter, 1 tonne of jam, 3000 litres of milk, 4 tonnes of rice, 1 9000 litres of soft drinks, 23 tonnes (1 050 hampers) with roller meal, flour, rice, cooking oil, salt, sugar, candles, soap and cordial drinks.
Speaking on behalf of the Group of Companies at the handover ceremony in Mutare, Baker’s Inn Bakeries Chief Executive Officer Ngoni Mazango said, “many people lost their lives while homes, schools, and bridges roads were destroyed. The donation was a practical response to an appeal by the government to assist communities affected by the fatal cyclone which destroyed homes, infra-structure, crops, and livestock.”
The destruction caused by the hurricane is worse than imagined and there is plenty that needs to be done. The cyclone burst banks, submerged villages, flattened homes and eviscerated communi-ties. Going forward, Innscor Africa Limited through government is exploring the possibility of helping with the resuscitation of housing infrastructure in the affected area and ensuring that roads are accessible. There are also plans to assist affected retailers to restart their businesses and help the people of Chimanimani rebuild their lives becomes in times like these, we have to band to-gether. In the true Zimbabwean spirit and way, we are committed to the continuous efforts to help those affected.