- Title: ZIMBABWE: TWO MILLION PEOPLE AFFECTED BY DROUGHT IN ZIMBABWE
- Date: 9th October 1994
- Summary: NDLOVU, MATABELELAND, ZIMBABWE (RECENT) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. LV WOMAN WALKS THROUGH DUST STORM 0.11 2. LV PEOPLE GATHER AT BORE HOLE (WELL) 0.18 3. LV GIRL WALKS THROUGH SAND, BOX ON HEAD 0.26 4. GV/SV VILLAGERS MEET TO DISCUSS FOOD SHORTAGE (3 SHOTS) 0.43 5. SLV VILLAGER PAUL ZONDO WALKING 0.52 6. CU/SV ZONDO'S WIFE, MAGGIE, COOKING MEALIE MEAL (MAIZE PORRIDGE) / CU OPEN FIRE (3 SHOTS) 1.06 7. GV FAMILY WAITS FOR MEAL / CU CHILD STARES AT FOOD (2 SHOTS) 1.12 8. CU BOWL OF FOOD 1.14 9. SV CHILDREN AT MEALTIME 1.20 10.SLV/SV CHILDREN TRY TO KILL BIRDS (2 SHOTS) 1.34 11.SLV/SV WOMEN AT BORE HOLE PUMP (3 SHOTS) 1.48 12.SV COWS DRINK WATER 1.56 13.SV WOMAN DRINKING WATER 2.01 14.LV/SV DONKEYS CARRYING MAIZE BAGS (3 SHOTS) 2.31 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: NDLOVU, MATABELELAND, ZIMBABWE
- Country: Zimbabwe
- Duration: 00:02:33
- Story Text: A worsening drought in Zimbabwe is causing hunger and desperation for millions of poor people.
Inadequate relief supplies are running out for an estimated two million people -- one-fifth of the population -- who are affected by the drought.
It has not rained for more than 10 months in Ndlovu and other villages in Zimbabwe's western Matabeleland province.
Villagers say many people have died as a result of illnesses exacerbated by the lack of water.
The villagers complain that they can no longer feed their children.
They send their children out into the countryside with catapults in the vain hope that they will be able to kill birds for food.
Drought victims fear they will not be able to grow enough food to pay back government loans of maize, which are being sent to them instead of aid.
Ndlovu villager Paul Zondo's family only has one meal a day, consisting of mealie meal (maize porridge).
But the Zondo family is considered fortunate. Many others in Zimbabwe are living on roots and leaves.
The long term water situation is unlikely to improve as pumps drain the fast-receding water table.
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