An outbreak of cholera in Zimbabwe has crossed the country's borders and is creating "an extraordinary public health crisis," outside experts say.

Against land reform: The Southern African Development Community tribunal on November 28 ruled that Zimbabwe

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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.