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Drought declared national disaster as #DayZero is pushed back

The National Disaster Management Centre has reclassified the drought in various parts of the country as a national disaster.

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The drought has ravaged parts of the country and has threatened to leave the City of Cape Town without domestic tap water.

 

In a notice published in the government Gazette, the department of cooperative governance said it had elevated the drought to a national disaster after it reassessed its magnitude and severity. 

 

Meanwhile, the day the Cape Town's taps will run dry has been moved back to June 4.

 

Spokesperson for the Department of Local Government in the Western Cape, James-Brent Styan, says they are positive that the winter will bring about the much-needed rain.

 

He attributed the pushback of #DayZero to farmers that reached their quota for water usage, residents' consumption decreasing and help received by other communities.

 

South African National Disaster
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