Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #445: Zimbabwe 2
Because of a national cash shortage, Zimbabweans can only withdraw small amounts of money every day – often barely enough to buy a loaf of bread.
The country’s economic freefall has been accelerating and the latest annual inflation rate was 231,000,000%. Just one adult in five is estimated to have a regular job.
Earlier, the state-owned Herald newspaper reported that water in the capital had been cut because of a shortage of purification chemicals, as authorities try to contain a cholera outbreak.
At least 425 people have died in recent months from the disease, which is spread by contaminated water.
The outbreak has been fuelled by the collapse of Zimbabwe’s health and sanitation systems. The disease is easily treatable but hospitals lack medicines and staff.
I didn’t even raise the point of communicable disease outbreaks in American Gotterdammerung.
Zimbabwe is one of our possible futures.
Previously here:C.O.A.T. - Food, C.O.A.T. - Health, C.O.A.T. - Money, C.O.A.T. - Plague, C.O.A.T. - Politics, C.O.A.T. - Riots, C.O.A.T. - Scams, C.O.A.T. - Self-Defense, Depression 2.0