At least 47 people have been killed in Zimbabwe when two buses collided outside the small town of Rusape, in the east of the country, the police say.

One of the buses veered into oncoming traffic while trying to overtake a haulage lorry, an eyewitness told local media.

Two children were among those killed while 70 others were injured.

The local mortuary was running out of space to accommodate the bodies and funeral services were asked to assist, a local administrator told The Herald.

The Deputy Transport Minister Fortune Chasi tweeted that the accident in Rusape was a “needless loss of lives”.

Zimbabwe experienced a 10% increase in road traffic accidents in 2017 according to statistics from the country’s Traffic Safety Council.

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