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26 October 2011

Zimbabwe battles hot weather

Fistfights have broken out between thirsty township dwellers battling water shortages in northern Harare.

The meteorological office on Tuesday confirmed that October has been the hottest month on record since 1962.

The Zimbabwean Meteorological Services Department has told locals to avoid heat stress and dehydration.

But in eastern suburbs like Mabvuku, some residents have gone without water for over two weeks.

Fights are breaking out between those trying to protect a working borehole in the township and others trying to access it.

Last week, a man was stabbed in a water queue in Glen Norah.

The department said temperatures up to 42 degrees Celcius have been recorded in southern Lupane, breaking the 1962 record.