01/17/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Zimbabwe Cholera Will Get Worse With Rain

Oxfam has warned the disease, which has already claimed more than 1,000 lives, will soon move beyond densely populated towns.

The charity is currently supplying 250,000 people with clean water but will need to increase supplies if the epidemic gathers pace and spreads ever further across the country.

Oxfam country director, Peter Mutoredzanwa, said: "So far it has been dry as the rains are late, so we had a breathing space, but now we are really fearful because many more will get cholera as rain is pouring.

"We have had to cut down our food supplies this month because the World Food Programme does not have enough to go around as it is still short of donations.

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