Cyclone Idai museum set for Chimanimani


Vasco Chaya

THE National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) plans to construct a Cyclone Idai Museum in Chimanimani after the coronavirus national lockdown, the Daily News reports.

The facility will collect, preserve, interpret, and display objects of artistic, cultural and scientific significance for the education of the public.


“After we are done with the exhibition of After Shock: Life after the Cyclone Idai, which revokes memories of the Cyclone Idai disaster, we want to erect a museum in Chimanimani for the benefit of the community,” NGZ curator Raphel Chikukwa told the Daily News.


The online edition of the After Shock: Life After the Cyclone Idai exhibition is already underway and the NGZ also mounted the physical exhibition last week in preparation of life after Covid-19 national lockdown.

“The museum will go a long way in telling the Chimanimani story by the Chimanimani people. Even after 100 years, future generations will go to the facility for reference and better understanding,” he said.

The tropical cyclone left a trail of destruction in Mozambique and then reached Zimbabwe on March 15 in 2018, knocking down trees and destroying key infrastructure and hundreds of homes in the process, mainly in Manicaland.

The devastating cyclone swept away schools, bridges and homes.
The government confirmed the death of more than 300 people.

Government declared it a national disaster in respect of the areas that were affected by the impact of storm in terms of Subsection (1) of Section 27 of the Civil Protection Act (Chapter 10:06).

The information ministry said the hardest hit residence was Ngangu Township in Chimanimani where a number of deaths were recorded while over a hundred houses were destroyed by mud and rock falls.

Scores of people went missing, some up to this day.

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