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Millions go hungry as Zimbabwe faces the worst drought in decades

The impact of low rain and low crop yields following two years of drought is painfully visible in Matabeleland and other dry lands.

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A photo taken on February 7, 2016 shows the fast drying catchment area of the Matabeleland, Zimbabwe. Image source : time.com

GENEVA—  Zimbabwe is currently facing a huge drought and the President of Zimbabwe has declared this as “state of disaster”. It has faced many regional drought before but this year in 2016, it got worsened by the El nino weather phenomenon. This weather phenomenon has also affected countries like South Africa, Malawi and Zambia causing death of thousands cattle, depletion of reservoirs and spoiling.

U.N. has confirmed that more 3 million people are going hungry due to this drought. The impact of low rain and low crop yields following two years of drought is painfully visible in Matabeleland and other dry lands said Bishow Parajuli U.N. Resident Coordinator of Zimbabwe.

“I recently visited that area with a number of donors and ambassadors; we could really see the desperation and severity of the situation.” said Parajuli.

A man touches dried land which used to be a water source. Image source : voa.com
A man touches dried land which used to be a water source. Image source : voa.com

It is being considered as the worst regional drought in whole decade and some say it is likely to get even.

The United Nations have appealed for $360 million so that assistance can be provided to more than 3 million people. The assistance will include all the important needs like food, water, health, nutrition, sanitation and protection.

$70 million has already been received and only $290 million is left says Parajuli. He urges donors to respond to this appeal and be generous.

“Given Zimbabwe is a landlocked country and also the whole southern Africa region is affected by El Nino, and lack of surplus of maize, it is very critical to plan in advance in terms of importation and supply chain delivery ,” said Parajuli. ” So, earlier response will really help save lives and suffering among the population.”

Parajuli says he is particularly worried about the so-called lean season between September and March.  This is the period between harvests when farmers’ food stocks are at their lowest.

He says people will be severely affected by the lack of food, and many will not be able to count on their cattle as a lifeline as tens of thousands have died from lack of water and grazing land. (VOA)

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  • Pritam Go Green

    PrayForZimbabwe !!! At least we can do this. Major countries such immediately help these poor nations in the name of humanity. We are facing results of our actions. Due to global warming nature’s balance has been destroyed which is leading to these calamities.

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Google Stops Free WiFi Programme Called “Google Station” in South Africa

Google quits free WiFi service in SA, 3 months after launch

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Google is ditching its global free WiFi in South Africa. Pixabay

Within three months of its launch, Google is ditching its global free WiFi programme called Google Station. This includes its partnership with Think WiFi in South Africa.

“Since we first started, the ecosystem has evolved and combined with complex and varying technical requirements across countries and partners, we have been re-evaluating our plans and have decided to wind down Station through 2020,” Google South Africa was quoted as saying in a statement by mybroadband.co.za on Saturday.

In November 2019, the tech giant had announced at a glitzy event in Sandton, Johannesburg that it was launching Google Station — its network of free public WiFi hotspots — in South Africa, with the first hotspots in the Western Cape.

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Google is not going to continue its service in South Africa and will hand over operations to its partner Think WiFi through this year. Pixabay

At launch, it had 125 locations across Cape Town, particularly in underserved areas on the Cape Flats.

The tech giant is not going to continue its service in South Africa and will hand over operations to its partner Think WiFi through this year.

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“The launch of the free WiFi initiative in the Western Cape has been more successful than anticipated and plans are already underway to roll free WiFi out to the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, and some areas in Mpumalanga,” Think WiFi CEO Janine Rebelo was quoted as saying in the report. (IANS)