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Zim­babwe de­clared a cholera out­break in the cap­i­tal Harare af­ter 20 peo­ple died from the disease and more than 2 000 were in­fected by drink­ing con­tam­i­nated wa­ter, new Health Min­is­ter Oba­diah Moyo said yes­ter­day.

The Harare city coun­cil has strug­gled to sup­ply wa­ter to some sub­urbs for more than a decade, forc­ing res­i­dents to rely on wa­ter from open wells and com­mu­nity bore­holes.

Zim­babwe suf­fered its big­gest cholera out­break in 2008 at the height of an eco­nomic cri­sis when more than 4 000 peo­ple died and an­other 40 000 were treated af­ter be­ing in­fected.

The lat­est cholera out­break hap­pened af­ter burst sew­ers in Budiriro and Glen­view sub­urbs con­tam­i­nated wa­ter.

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