World South African Government Declares Drought a National Disaster

13:43  13 february  2018
13:43  13 february  2018 Source:

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South Africa has declared a national disaster over the drought afflicting southern and western regions including Cape Town, though the city pushed back its "Day Zero", the date when its taps are expected to run dry.

South Africa on Tuesday declared a " national disaster " over a drought that has ravaged parts of the country and threatened to leave the city of Cape Town without domestic tap water. In a notice published in the government gazette

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(Bloomberg) -- The South African government has declared the drought affecting the southern and western areas of the country a national disaster.

The decision hands primary responsibility to coordinate and manage measures to deal with the drought to the national executive, according to a statement by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs published in the Government Gazette on Wednesday.

The government will “strengthen and support the disaster management structures to implement contingency plans and ensure that immediate relief, recovery and reconstruction measures are put in place to enable the national executive to effectively deal with the effects of this disaster,” according to the statement.

Cape Town, which is contending with the worst drought on record, has pushed out the estimated date on which it may have to turn off water supplies to residents by about four weeks to May 11, as use by farmers declines.

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