Drought persists despite rain

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JOHANNESBURG - Well, the rain may have come. But large parts of the country are still dealing with drought.

Government says dam levels have dropped since last week. It&39;s now calling on all South Africans - urging them to make every drop count.

It’s one of the most difficult droughts the country has experienced. 

Parts of the country have been running dry since late last year.

And the picture for 2016 is not any better.

Dam levels have remained low, as farmers struggle to keep crops and animals alive.

The rains that have fallen have not made much of a difference.

“Our dams this week are sitting at 54.9% as compared to last week when we were at 55,4%. We’ve seen a slight increase in our dams in provinces such as Limpopo, Gauteng, the north west, Mpumalanga, so there is some movement but we are not out of the woods as yet,” said Water and Sanitation Minister’s Spokesperson, Mlimandlela Ndamase.

“All the areas that have been declared as disaster zones are still in trouble. We have concerns now in the Eastern Cape and a number of provinces throughout the country," said Mlimandlela Ndamase Water and Sanitation Minister’s Spokesperson.

But there&39;s a silver lining.

“We’re still expecting much rain over South Africa’s interior over the next week, especially over the Free State and into the Northern Cape, so for the next few days the prospects for rain are actually very good,” eNCA Weather.

Watch the video above for a detailed update.

 

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