Zimbabwe Has Only Got $217 Left in the Bank

Are you broke? Take heart, it can happen to anybody, including countries. Take, for example, Zimbabwe, which has been rocked by hyperinflation (its inflation rate is a staggering 89,700,000,000,000,000,000,000% since it declared independence - the one hundred trillion Zimbabwe dollar banknote you see above is worthless.)

Well, the Finance Minister of Zimbabwe has just revealed that after paying public workers' salaries last week, the government has exactly $217 left in the bank:

"Last week when we paid civil servants there was $217 (left) in government coffers," Biti told journalists in the capital Harare, claiming some of them had healthier bank balances than the state.

"The government finances are in paralysis state at the present moment. We are failing to meet our targets."


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