In light of a devastating tropical storm that has swept away bridges and homes in eastern Zimbabwe, Econet Wireless has also come on board to assist those affected by providing an EcoCash biller code 320041 merely for donations. And in case of emergencies one could simply dial 112 or 111. 

Another option that you can take when wanting to make a donation is by visiting your nearest Econet shop to drop your donation.

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, Chief Operating Officer, Mr Fayaz King, an hour ago gave us an update on twitter on the current amount and the number of people who had so far made donations on EcoCash. #CycloneIdaiFundUpdate

At least 31 people have been killed and dozens are missing in parts of eastern Zimbabwe after the country was hit by tropical cyclone Idai which lashed neighbouring Mozambique and Malawi, the government said.

Cyclone Idai has also cut off power and communications in parts of Manicaland province on the border with Mozambique.

Cyclone Idai has affected more than 1.5 million people in the three southern African countries, according to the United Nations and government officials.

Homes, schools, businesses, hospitals and police stations have been destroyed. Roads have been washed away and thousands are stranded by heavy flooding.

Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Information said on Saturday that the deaths were mainly from Chimanimani East, including two students, while at least 40 other people have been injured.

It added that the Zimbabwean national army was leading rescue efforts to airlift students from a damaged school and others trapped by the storm. 

A group of people, who fled their homes, was “marooned” on top of a mountain waiting to be rescued, but strong winds were hampering helicopter flights, the ministry said.

Joshua Sacco, a member of parliament in Chimanimani district, said at least 25 houses were swept away following a mudslide at Ngangu township.

“There were people inside,” he commented. “The information we have so far is that over 100 people are missing.”

In Mozambique, where Idai made landfall on Thursday, at least 19 people died and about 70 were severely injured. The storm hit with wind gusts of about 160 kilometres per hour, causing ocean waves of up to nine metres high.

Follow these steps to Donate towards relief efforts #cycloneidai

You can also use the Ecocash long code *151*2*1*320041*Amount*1#