Zim rescuers desperate to retrieve bodies of loved ones after Cyclone Idai

Rescuers in Zimbabwe are desperately trying to retrieve the bodies of their loved ones in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai.

259 Zimbabweans have been confirmed dead and at least 160 are still reported missing, according to NewsDay Zimbabwe Blessed Mhlanga.

Read: Rescue mission continues in Mozambique as disaster relief organisations step in

The tropical cyclone hit Zimbabwe a week ago and rescuers are still struggling to access some areas to establish an exact number of those who've lost their lives.

Mhlanga says heavy machinery cannot enter into several areas for recovery operations due to extreme damage of the roads.

They're using the most basic of tools. Picks (pickaxe) and logs to try and move huge boulders of stone

Blessed Mhlanga, Senior reporter - NewsDay Zimbabwe

Also read: Mozambique death toll rises to 417 as relief efforts continue

He describes a dire situation where massive landslides have left people buried underground.

We have a total township that was wiped away.

Blessed Mhlanga, Senior reporter - NewsDay Zimbabwe

Rivers are flowing where houses once stood.

Blessed Mhlanga, Senior reporter - NewsDay Zimbabwe

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