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Nov 28, 2011 12:58
Category: Religious News

Zimbabwe - Water

     HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - The Roman Catholic church says
Zimbabwe's chronic water shortages should be declared a national
disaster.
     The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace said in a
statement Sunday that collapsed water and sanitation facilities
will cause "more suffering and deaths" as annual rains begin.
     Nearly 250 cases of the waterborne disease typhoid have been
treated in Zimbabwe's capital this month. No deaths have so far
been reported, but in 2009 a cholera outbreak killed more than
4,000 people.
     The Catholic commission says emergency funds are needed in areas
where people take contaminated water from drains and shallow,
makeshift wells.
     Some impoverished townships haven't had access to piped water
for months - or even years - amid the country's economic meltdown.