Zambia declares curfew in are hardest hit by cholera outbreak

The curfew in Kanyama, a densely populated slum of iron-roofed shacks, began on Sunday and will run between 6pm and 6am.

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JOHANNESBURG – Zambia has declared a curfew in a Lusaka township badly affected by a cholera outbreak that has killed 58 people across the country since September

The curfew in Kanyama, a densely populated slum of iron-roofed shacks, began Sunday and will run between 6pm and 6am.

The township has a population of 370,000 people.

Street vending and public gatherings have been banned in Lusaka to prevent the spread of cholera but the residents of Kanyama have been defying this order in the evenings after soldiers deployed to clean the streets have left.

The cholera outbreak was initially linked to contaminated water from shallow wells, but investigations indicated that contaminated food was the main culprit.