The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) said that the Total Consumption Poverty Line, commonly referred to as the Poverty Datum Line (PDL), for an average of five persons increased by 44.2 in October.
The TCPL for the month of October stood at $3 160, from $2 192 for the same family in September. Zimstat said:
The TCPL (Total Consumption Poverty Line)for an average of five persons stood at $3, 159.52 in October 2019. This means that an average household required that much to purchase both food and non-food items for them not to be deemed poor.
This represents an increase of 44.2 per cent when compared to the September 2019 figure of $2, 191.62.
Runaway inflation has driven the majority of Zimbabweans below the PDL as many of those formally employed are earning less than $1 000 per month.