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South Africa's Cape Town is facing severe drought for the third consecutive year, with water levels in dams and reservoirs drastically reduced.
According to a weekly update from the department of water affairs, dam levels in the Western Cape Province further fell to 23.7 per cent this week from 24.5 per cent previous week, and from 36.5 percent a year ago, reported news agency Reuters.
The city is now facing the prospect of having to turn the taps off under a so-called 'Day Zero' scenario to conserve the city's remaining water supplies; Cape Town mayor's office told India Today.
According to Accuweather, Cape Town averages only around 18 mm (0.70 of an inch) of rainfall for the entire month of February with an average of only five days with measurable precipitation.
With more than 15mm of rain predicted to fall in just a few hours over certain parts of the city, Cape Town will be in for more than a month’s worth of rainfall in just one night. Make the most of it, because we don’t know when the Mother City will see a deluge like this again.
Controversial church leader Paseka Motsoeneng, also known as Pastor Mboro, claims it is because of him and his prayer that Cape Town will be experiencing rain on Friday.
According to TimesLIVE, Mboro was in Cape Town on Wednesday undertaking 90 days of prayer.
He told the publication that the Western Cape is experiencing drought due to people focusing on science and not God. Mboro added that the upcoming rain expected tonight is because he is a “true prophet” of God.
“It’s a confirmation that I am a true prophet and whatever that I have promised Cape Town has come to pass. God answered my prayers and many people witnessed that,” Mboro said.
originally posted by: ElGoobero
wonder if they should be considering desalinization?
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South Africa's second-largest city and its surrounding areas received between 2 millimeters and 10 millimeters of rainfall Friday night, according to the Cape Town Weather Office. The city can expect 2 millimeters to 8 millimeters of rainfall Monday evening and into Tuesday morning -- less than an inch -- with no further rain expected later in the week.
Despite the paucity, the precipitation was a welcome sight for residents who haven't seen rain since January 22, and they collected water in buckets and tanks, with plans to use it for everything from washing clothes and dishes to flushing toilets.
But it is unlikely to make a significant impact on the city's largest reservoir, Theewaterskloof Dam, which satellite images show is at dangerously low levels.