UN seeks bumper Zim aid pack­age

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - BUSINESS -

HARARE: The UN said yes­ter­day it was seek­ing $268 mil­lion for aid ef­forts in Zim­babwe next year, with half the money to be used to buy food for more than 1.4 mil­lion peo­ple fac­ing short­ages.

Alain Noude­hou, the coun­try head of the UN Of­fice for the Co-or­di­na­tion of Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs ( OCHA), said food in­se­cu­rity re­mained a chal­lenge with up to 1.45 mil­lion ex­pected to face food short­ages in 2012.

He said an out­break of ty­phoid in some sub­urbs of the cap­i­tal Harare in the past three months as a re­sult of water short­ages af­fect­ing the city, was a re­minder of how frag­ile the coun­try’s hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion re­mained.

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