March 21, 2019 / 11:09 AM / 9 months ago

Cyclone puts 200,000 Zimbabweans in need of urgent food aid: U.N.

FILE PHOTO: The United Nations emblem is seen in the U.N. General Assembly hall during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

GENEVA (Reuters) - An estimated 200,000 people in Zimbabwe are likely to need urgent food aid for the next three months after their district was hit by Cyclone Idai, World Food Programme spokesman Herve Verhoosel said on Thursday.

“It looks like the situation in Chimanimani - the hardest hit district in Zimbabwe - is very bad. Some 90 percent of the district has been significantly damaged,” he told a news conference in Geneva.

Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Gareth Jones

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