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>> Efforts to tackle Zimbabwe's deadliest cholera outbreak in a decade are being ramped up, as eight agencies deploy more volunteers and police place a ban on public gatherings in the capital Harare. Around 4,000 people are infected with the disease, which has already killed over two dozen people, and force the country to declare a health emergency.
> Officials are desperate not to have a repeat of 2008, when outbreak left 4,000 people dead and 40,000 others needing treatment.
The Finance Minister, Mthuli Ncube announced an emergency crowd fund on social media to raise money to fight the outbreak. But it sparked a backlash with some users swiftly condemning the plan as an insult to taxpayers. National and local politicians are trading blame over a failure to maintain safe water supplies and maintain infrastructure.
For many residents in the capital, the threat of cholera remains high amid signs that the disease could spread outside Harare.>>