The death toll from cholera in Zimbabwe has soared to 978, with 18,413 suspected cases reported across the southern African country, UN figures showed Monday.
The country's capital Harare is the worst-hit district, with 208 deaths and 8,454 suspected cases, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.
Beitbridge, which border South Africa, was also badly affected. Some 91 people in the border town have been killed by the disease, while 3,546 are suspected to be suffering from it.
The latest toll came even as the United States and Britain were expected to lobby the UN Security Council to turn up the heat on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.
But Harare has vowed to thwart western efforts to put Zimbabwe on the Security Council agenda, saying it was not a threat to international security.