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Zimbabwe capital wants free coffins for cholera victims

The Zimbabwean capital of Harare wants to offer free graves and coffins to cholera victims as the country battles an outbreak which has claimed more than 400 lives, a spokesman said Saturday.

Lesley Gwindi, spokesman for the Harare city council, said the decision was taken during a meeting held earlier in the week.

"Council resolved that graves be allocated to the (cholera) victims," Gwindi told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .

"It has also been suggested that as mitigation measures those who die of cholera be also allocated coffins."

He said the proposal for coffins has gone to the local government ministry.

A grave costs between 25 to 30 dollars (20 to 24 euros), yet locals are only allowed to withdraw 500,000 Zimbabwean dollars Noun 1. Zimbabwean dollar - the basic unit of money in Zimbabwe
dollar - the basic monetary unit in many countries; equal to 100 cents
 per day (0.50 US cents) as the country deals with runaway inflation.

A total of 9,908 cases have been recorded in the impoverished southern African country, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
"OCHA" redirects there. See Ocha for other possible meanings.
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is a United Nations body formed in December 1991 by General Assembly Resolution 46/182.
 said, raising an earlier toll of 389 dead out of 9,463 affected.

The death toll was 412, it said on Friday.

Cholera is now hitting the whole of eastern Zimbabwe and spreading, aid agencies have warned.

UN humanitarian agencies aim to ensure delivery of medical supplies, clean drinking water drinking water

supply of water available to animals for drinking supplied via nipples, in troughs, dams, ponds and larger natural water sources; an insufficient supply leads to dehydration; it can be the source of infection, e.g. leptospirosis, salmonellosis, or of poisoning, e.g.
 and water purification It has been suggested that , , and be merged into this article or section.  kits.

Cholera causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting vomiting, ejection of food and other matter from the stomach through the mouth, often preceded by nausea. The process is initiated by stimulation of the vomiting center of the brain by nerve impulses from the gastrointestinal tract or other part of the body.  that eventually kills a patient, but is easily prevented by washing hands, cleaning foods, and keeping drinking water away from sewage.

Such conditions are luxuries in many parts of Zimbabwe, where a crumbling economy has left busted bust·ed  
1. Slang
a. Smashed or broken: busted glass; a busted rib.

b. Out of order; inoperable: a busted vending machine.

 sewage lines unrepaired. Drinking water is not always treated, as well.

Meanwhile, residents from Chitungwiza (30 kilometres west of Harare) have sued the Zimbabwe National Water Authority for failing to provide sufficient clean water and repair broken sewers, the state-run Herald newspaper said.

"Due to their lack of diligence and constant supplies of clean water to my place of residence, diseases like cholera surfaced and people are dying," the residents said in the application.
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Date:Nov 29, 2008
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