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Safe Water Now Focus of Zimbabwe's Battle Against Cholera

The Japanese government and the United Nations Children’s Fund or UNICEF on Thursday delivered US$1.5 million worth of water treatment chemicals to municipal authorities in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital, where deterioration of the water-deliver infrastructure and shortages of hard currency to buy purification chemicals have contributed to the spread of cholera.

Correspondent Sylvia Manika reported on the Japanese handover of purification chemicals at the Morton Jaffrey Waterworks, one of Harare's main sources of water.

Elsewhere, Water and Sanitation Minister Sam Sipepe Nkomo told VOA that his ministry seeks some US$28 million to meet Zimbabwe's water purification needs for a year.

Sipepa told reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that his ministry is committed to restoring the national water delivery system.

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