• Short Summary

    Zimbabwe is suffering its worst drought for 50 years.

  • Description

    1.
    GVs/SVs Dried-up maize fields (4 shots)
    0.18

    2.
    GV Dried-up river bed and surrounding area (3 shots)
    0.34

    3.
    GV ZOOM INTO SV Woman digging water hole in river bed (3 shots)
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    4.
    SV/GVs Thin cattle grazing on parched land (3 shots)
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    5.
    SV Sign saying 'Makurumidzi River' on building
    1.15

    6.
    GVs Dried-up river bed (3 shots)
    1.39

    7.
    SV People collecting water from public pump
    1.55




    Initials WS/BB





    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Zimbabwe is suffering its worst drought for 50 years. Seven thousand cattle died over a 30-day period in December and January, and crops have failed. The maize yield was halved in the 1981-82 growing season, and none at all will be produced in 1982/83. In Victoria province, normally the country's biggest producer of groundnuts, the drought has completely destroyed the crop. The Minister of Water Resources and Development, Cephas Msipa, described the situation as 'frightening'. But the government has no plans to provide drought relief to farmers, and many may have to sell up -- if they can find a buyer. Not only farmers have been affected: hospital and schools have been forced to close. The Anglican Church organised a National Day of Prayer for water in January, without success.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3JB1BQUZCNXD8CEHK7VJPAIT2
    Media URN:
    VLVA3JB1BQUZCNXD8CEHK7VJPAIT2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/01/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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