Prisons under siege as Zimbabwe’s economic woes persist | AFP

The Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare is crumbling at the seams, assailed by overcrowding and a critical shortage of medicines, food and other basics as the economically-crippled country battles to care for its inmates.

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Bizarre moment pastor kisses a woman to ‘expel demons’ during a sermon in Zimbabwe

It appears that this Zimbabwean pastor decided to switch his career in favor of the dark arts. The minister performed a rather odd exorcism ritual during the sermon by kissing a young woman to ‘rid her body of demons’. While we haven’t received any confirmation that the evil spirits have been gotten rid of, we’re quite certain that this is not exactly ‘canon’. The whole incident sparked mass outrage on social media with some users asking to ‘arrest this pervert’ and others asking if he ‘does the same to his male congregates?’
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Mozambique Is Struggling To Recover From Cyclone Idai (HBO)

BEIRA, Mozambique — Hundreds of thousands of people are still without food, clean water or homes almost two weeks after Cyclone Idai tore through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, killing at least 700 people and impacting millions more.

Now, the first outbreak of cholera has been reported, sparking fears that this disaster recovery will soon become a long-term health emergency.

The cyclone hit the port city of Beira at midnight on March 14, bringing winds of 125mph and torrential storms that burst the banks of two major rivers and flooded an area covering more than 1,600 square miles.

A major international aid operation is now underway in Beira as waters begin to recede. But villagers in the hardest hit communities remain stranded while relief efforts struggle to reach them on roads decimated in the disaster. A lack of helicopters in the country has further hobbled response efforts.

More than 100,000 people are now living in refugee camps. Many others are taking shelter in schools, churches and orphanages; their over-crowded temporary homes surrounded by pools of putrid flood water, which some are still using to drink and wash.

Ignasio Augusto’s home, in the coastal village of Praia Nova, was decimated by the storm.

“Nothing is left. The house fell down,” Ignasio said.

He’s now sheltering with his family, packed alongside hundreds of others, in an elementary school which was itself partially destroyed by the winds.

“This is how we sleep,” he said, pointing to the small plot of floor his family now occupies. “On sleeping bags, on the pavement. Women and men together,” Ignasio said.

The cyclone’s destruction is breathtaking: Whole towns are flooded, roads are blocked by mud and bridges are ruined. The destruction stretches as far inland as Gôndola, more than 120 miles from the epicenter of the crisis.

Even this far from the eye of the storm, the rains have made access slow or impossible. An aid team attempting to survey the damage using drones was stricken by mud during our journey. It took four hours of digging by men from a nearby town to free their 4×4 from the water.

Only in the past few days has it become possible to pass — slowly — along the battered road to Beira Airport, which has become the makeshift headquarters of the international aid operation.

Villagers here are facing the same problems as the hardest hit communities on the coast: food is not being delivered; supplies are not reaching them fast enough.

Gerald Bourke, from the United Nations World Food Programme, told VICE News that despite the obstacles, the recovery is slowly coming together.

“It’s gathering pace, but we need to do a lot more and we need to accelerate,” he said.

But it could take several months to establish the true death toll and longer term impact of this storm on crops and food supplies. For now, the priority remains survival.

“It has been difficult to get out there. You have communities who have been isolated for a long time. The full dimensions of it have yet to become clear.”

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Crisis drives the S.Africa to Zimbabwe cargo shuttle

Zimbabweans transporting goods from South Africa, commonly referred to as “Malayitsha”, are seeing their businesses boom as a result of the price hikes on food and fuel in Zimbabwe. Malayitshas reside in South Africa and take orders from families in Zimbabwe, which they then buy, transport and deliver to the families’ homes on a weekly basis.

Mozambicans try to move forward after deadly cyclone

Despite more rain over the last few days, Mozambicans are trying to pick up the pieces after deadly Cyclone Idai struck a week ago. The powerful tropical cyclone killed more than 700 people in Mozambique and Zimbabwe after sweeping through southern Africa.

Rescues ongoing in flood-hit Mozambique areas

A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history. (March 21)

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