Zimbabwe is suffering its worst drought for 50 years.
GVs/SVs Dried-up maize fields (4 shots)
GV Dried-up river bed and surrounding area (3 shots)
GV ZOOM INTO SV Woman digging water hole in river bed (3 shots)
SV/GVs Thin cattle grazing on parched land (3 shots)
SV Sign saying 'Makurumidzi River' on building
GVs Dried-up river bed (3 shots)
SV People collecting water from public pump
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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.