Mugabe declares disaster in drought-stricken areasZimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has declared a state of disaster in most rural parts of the country severely hit by a drought, with 26 percent of the population said to be in need of food aid, the government said in a statement late Thursday.

Declaring a state of disaster allows international donors to raise money quickly to provide food aid to Zimbabwe, which has said it will step up imports of the staple maize by buying up to 700,000 tonnes this year to avert hunger.

Title: Mugabe declares disaster in drought-stricken areas

Author: MacDonald Dzirutwe

Source: Reuters/Channel News Asia

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