Cyclone Idai disrupts fuel supply

Zimbabwe should brace for fuel shortages following the devastating cyclone Idai which is reported to have damaged the pipeline that moves fuel from Beira to Zimbabwe with some of the damages yet to be established.

In the midst of the uncertainty, Total Zimbabwe has issued a statement conveying fears of possible failure to replenish the tank in Msasa which will likely put pressure on the supply chain.

“Following the devastating effect of cyclone Idai experienced in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, the fuel supply chain logistics into Zimbabwe have been adversely affected,” the statement reads.

“The jetty in Beira has been damaged and can’t receive vessels to discharge. The pumping house roof has been blown away, electrical board was affected and the status is not yet known and the damage is yet to be established. Condition of pipeline from Beira to Zimbabwe is yet to be established and we still await NOIC update on the same.”

Total Zimbabwe is however trying to find a quick supply option.

This comes a week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history.