Holiday Gift Guide
Gift ideas & reviews for this holiday season
You are here:
Business & Finance
The Great Debate
Do More With Reuters
You Witness News
Make Reuters My Homepage
Support (Customer Zone)
About Thomson Reuters
Death toll tops 1,100 from Zimbabwe cholera
Thu Dec 18, 2008 6:59am EST
Email | Print |
| Reprints | Single Page
By Nelson Banya
HARARE (Reuters) - The death toll from a cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe has soared to 1,111, the United Nations said on Thursday, adding to pressure for a quick solution to the crisis in the southern African country.
South African ruling ANC leader Jacob Zuma ruled out military intervention and, instead, backed a diplomatic push as the way to end the political deadlock and prevent a total collapse of the once relatively prosperous nation.
The latest cholera figures from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva included a new outbreak in Chegutu Urban, west of Harare, where more than 378 cases and 121 deaths were recorded, it said in a statement.
It added that more than 20,580 people had been affected by cholera since August.
The spread of the disease, which causes severe diarrhea and dehydration, has increased international pressure on President Robert Mugabe, with Western countries renewing calls on the veteran leader to step down.
Prominent figures, including Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Nobel peace laureate and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have called for Mugabe to go or for peacekeeping troops to be sent to Zimbabwe.
When asked in an interview with South Africa's 702 Talk Radio whether he favored sending troops to Zimbabwe, ANC leader Zuma said: "No. Why military intervention when there is no war? We should be pressurizing them to see the light."
South Africa's ANC-led government, however, has continued to back the regional SADC group's efforts to mediate an end to the crisis. Former South African President Thabo Mbeki is leading the mediation of the power-sharing talks.
Mugabe, 84, agreed to share power with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in September, raising hopes that a unity government could reverse the country's economic meltdown and rebuild basic services.
Inflation in Zimbabwe has spiraled out of control, with prices doubling every 24 hours and unemployment is above 80 percent. Millions have fled to South Africa and neighboring countries is search of work and food.
Negotiations between Mugabe's ZANU-PF party and the Movement for Democratic Change are deadlocked over who should control key ministries, and there are growing fears the agreement will unravel and lead to widespread political violence.
Tsvangirai defeated Mugabe in a March presidential election but without an absolute majority. He pulled out of the second round in June amid a wave of violent attacks on the opposition. The MDC said scores of its supporters were killed.
The opposition says the attacks have picked up. They say more than 20 people, including prominent former journalist Jestina Mukoko, have been abducted from their homes and offices in the past two weeks.
A freelance photojournalist, Shadrack Manyere, is among those missing and believed to be in police custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement. Continued...
View article on single page
Also on Reuters
First U.S. patient undergoes face transplant
Tiger Woods still uncertain about 2009 comeback
Video: Images of Marilyn Monroe go under the hammer
FACTBOX: Zimbabwe's meltdown in figures
Ban calls on Zimbabwe to receive his envoy
A selection of our best photos from the past 24 hours. Slideshow
Most Popular on Reuters
Holes in Earth's magnetic cloak let the sun in
Fan death made "Idol's" Cowell think "long and hard"
HIV infects women through healthy tissue: U.S. study
Madoff under house arrest | Video
First U.S. patient gets face transplant | Video
Pirates seize four ships in Gulf of Aden
Chrysler to idle plants, pressure builds for aid | Video
Father offers daughter to shoe-thrower
Obama picks new head of SEC, considers shakeup | Video
Over 30 Iraq Interior Ministry officials detained
Most Popular Articles RSS Feed
Sold! Marilyn's iconic images
Chrysler shuts plants
A new face forward
Talk of the Town
Bush ducks flying shoes
Madoff under house arrest
Talk of the Town
Obama and the Middle East
UN backs piracy land pursuit
Most Popular Videos RSS Feed
The global destination for corporate leaders, deal-makers and innovators
Knowledge to Act
Help and Contact Us |
Advertise With Us |
Interactive TV |
Reuters in Second Life |
Site Index |
Thomson Reuters Corporate:
Professional Products |
Professional Products Support |
About Thomson Reuters |
Latin America |
United Kingdom |
Thomson Reuters is the world's largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing news, world news, business news, technology news, headline news, small business news, news alerts, personal finance, stock market, and mutual funds information available on Reuters.com, video, mobile, and interactive television platforms. Thomson Reuters journalists are subject to an Editorial Handbook which requires fair presentation and disclosure of relevant interests.
NYSE and AMEX quotes delayed by at least 20 minutes. Nasdaq delayed by at least 15 minutes. For a complete list of exchanges and delays, please click here.