With a staggering inflation rate of 3,714%, people in Zimbabwe are stocking food and other essentials in preparation for what experts are calling an impending "economic collapse; Businesses are closing at an alarming rate and many of those that remain in operation have taken to paying their employees weekly or in food, as monthly salaries are too hard-pressed by the rampant inflation. Water and power utilities are also reportedly near the breaking point. If the worst happens and Zimbabwe plunges into a state of emergency, analysts fully expect "increased crime and possible civil disturbances." Zimbabwe’s economy, largely agriculturally based, began its serious decline in 2000 when a program of violent land redistribution evicted over 4000 white farmers and caused the economy to contract by approximately 30%.
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