Chris McGreal

Health workers in Zimbabwe are warning that international alarm over the spreading cholera emergency, which has claimed nearly a thousand lives, is overshadowing the AIDS crisis, which is killing as many people every three days.

GENEVA: The onset of seasonal rain in Zimbabwe has increased fears that the cholera epidemic there could turn into a catastrophe with thousands more sick and further spreading into neighbouring countries, according to the Red Cross federation.

HARARE: A Cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe has killed nearly 500 people in the biggest outbreak recorded recently in the crisis-hit country, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.

The cholera, easily prevented and treated under normal circumstances, is a sign of Zimbabwe

HARARE: Zimbabwe has cut water supplies to the nation's capital Harare, state media reported on Monday, leaving most of the city dry as authorities struggle to contain a cholera epidemic.

In the drier areas of southern Africa, farmers experience drought once every two to three years. Relief agencies have traditionally responded to the resulting famines by providing farmers with enough seed and inorganic fertilizer to enable them to re-establish their cropping enterprises. However, because of the lack of appropriate land and crop management interventions, vulnerable farmers are not necessarily able to translate these relief investments in seeds and fertilizer into sustained gains in
productivity and incomes.

To restrain the growth of Kruger's elephant population, 14,562 animals were culled from 1967 to 1995, when South Africa banned the practice. "It was extraordinarily traumatic," says Ian Whyte, the park's longtime elephant specialist, who witnessed many of the culls. "You had to shut your mind to it, otherwise you'd go mad." Now elephant specialists are being forced to consider culling again. While poaching continues to threaten elephants in Kenya and elsewhere, in southern Africa conservation measures have been so successful that populations are booming.

Mining group Anglo American has held secret talks with Zimbabwe's opposition, that could see Anglo Platinum, its majority-owned subsidiary, regain lucrative concessions recently ceded to the regime of Robert Mugabe, the president.

In a sign of how the convulsions in Zimbabwe could affect some of the world's most coveted resources, two senior figures in the Movement for Democratic Change told the Financial Times that the party had held discussions with the mining company, which has a 76 per cent stake in Anglo Platinum.

Analyses of in situ station data and satellite observations of precipitation of eastern and southern African nations viz., Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi,

MILLIONS of Zimbabweans face starvation after the widespread failure of the latest harvest brought on by the Government's mishandling of land redistribution, and shortages in the shops caused by hyperinflation.

The United Nations said hundreds of thousands of people required food aid immediately because they had harvested little or nothing in recent weeks.

It has warned that up to 5 million will need help in coming months

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