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African Drought Issues
« on: May 22, 2016, 03:35:17 AM »
Because it is Africa, we don't see a lot of stories in the MSM about the drought problems there.  Mostly Black People of course.

However, I have been talking with some South African Diners, and things are really , REALLY bad in Johannesburg.

So I am standing up a thread specifically for Drought issues in Africa.  You have to research them out, they don't generally appear on Google Newz.


Zimbabwe drought: Five million face food shortage
Half of the country's rural population will need assistance by next year with rain not expected for several months.

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Nearly five million people in Zimbabwe - half of the country's rural population - will need assistance by next year as a result of the ongoing drought in southern Africa, the United Nations has said.

Zimbabwe is one of the worst affected countries by the driest year in decades facing southern Africa - including Malawi, Zambia and South Africa - which has placed more than 30 million people at risk.

Rainfall is not expected in the country in the near future and President Robert Mugabe has declared a "state of disaster".
Zimbabwean tobacco farmers suffer from drought

Residents have reported not having proper food for days.

"A lot of people are hungry," Ambuya Grace, who lives in one of the affected villages, told Al Jazeera.

Another local, Virgilance Tsabora, said she, too, needed assistance.

"No one has come to help us. Some people got food, but many people did not," said Tsabora.

The government says it is trying to buy grain from neighbouring countries.

The drought has been made worse by the strong El Nino weather patterns, a temporary climate change of the Pacific in the region around the equator.

In February, Zimbabwe's Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa appealed to local business and charities for more than $1.5bn in aid to save more than a quarter of the population from starvation.

At a news conference in the capital Harare, Mnangagwa said the government "requires a total of [$1.57bn] with effect from February to December 2016", adding that millions were in need of food and water.

The UN's World Food Programme said in January that about 14 million people in Southern Africa are facing hunger due to poor harvests in 2015, caused by the latest El Nino.

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Capetown Dries Up
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2018, 12:56:43 AM »

This Tourism Hotspot Could be the World's First City to Run Out of Water (Video)

Major changes could be coming to this tourism hotspot as early as this April if current consumption levels continue.
Talia Avakian January 11, 2018

For the first time, a major city may run out of water this year.

South Africa’s city of Cape Town has been grappling with water shortages that are the result of what the Weather Channel calls the worst drought to hit the country in 100 years. The situation may result in Cape Town officials shutting off all of the city's water taps this April.

Irregularly dry winters have created exceedingly low dam levels within the country, leading city representatives to set a “Day Zero” date, which is when they believe the country will see dam levels drop below 13.5 percent and lead to the mandatory shutting off of all taps.

Currently, the date is set for April 22. That's a week earlier than the previous date set for April 29, with the city’s current dam levels only providing 19.7 percent of water that is actually useable.

Despite taking measures that include reducing water pressure and banning the ability to water outdoors or wash your car, city representatives are still finding that residents are using some 78 more million liters than the set goal.

Officials are continuing to urge individuals to take actions to decrease their overall water consumption in an effort to try and avoid “Day Zero,” which would lead to residents being forced to line up at some 200 checkpoints across the county to receive daily water rations under the supervision of police and military officials.

cape town south africa
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Travelers heading to the area will also find some changes regarding water consumption at their hotels. For example, properties like Hotel Verse are giving guests discounts if they refrain from using ice in their drinks, while others like the Taj Cape Town are closing their steam rooms and hot tubs in an effort to help with the situation, according to the New York Times.

“The city of Cape Town could conceivably become the first major city to run out of water, and that could happen in the next four months,” Dr. Anthony Turton, who teaches at the Centre for Environmental Management at the University of the Free State, told the Times regarding the current crisis.

City officials are still welcoming travelers to visit Cape Town, beloved for its magnificent coastline and natural attractions, as they work to prevent one of its vital natural resources from disappearing.

Water shortages may become a reality in other locations as well, with the World Wildlife Fund estimating that two-thirds of the planet's population could be facing water scarcity by 2025.

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Amerikans use 100 gallons of water/day? ???  Unless they are averaging in the water used by Ag over the whole population, I don't see how that is possible.

At any rate, it will be interesting to see if the rains arrive JIT or how long it takes Cape Town to depopulate.


 CBS News January 19, 2018, 7:45 AM
Cape Town, on verge of running out of water, braces for "chaos"

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Surrounded by beautiful stretches of ocean, it's hard to believe Cape Town could become the first major city in the world to run out of water. Ominously named "day zero," April 21 – 92 days from today – is when the taps will be turned off.

At the Voëlvlei Dam, water levels are critically low, sitting at less than 20 percent, reports CBS News' Debora Patta. It's one of Cape Town's main sources of water – a source that it is on the brink of running completely dry within a matter of weeks.

Three years of successive drought have devastated the city's water supplies. The local government has brought in severe restrictions forcing people to look for alternative supplies like a natural spring tapped for public use.

"It has changed our lives dramatically. But it is also a lesson for us not to waste water," Mogamat Allie said.

There have already been scuffles at the natural spring. Security guards now monitor the site to prevent violence from breaking out.

"And imagine no water, how will it be. Chaos. It's going to be terrible. And we're not looking forward to that time," Erma Da Costa said.

Cape Town's four million residents are now only allowed 23 gallons of water per person per day.  Next month that goes down to 13 gallons. Compare that to the average American who uses around 100 gallons daily.

Thirteen gallons doesn't allow for much – a 90-second shower, a quick toilet flush, basic dishwashing, weekly laundry, and a large bottle of drinking water.

Outside the city center, the effects of the water crisis are more obvious. Farmer Andries van der Paul has only been able to plant a quarter of his corn crop this year. If the taps are switched off, he is facing financial ruin.

"It's a desperate situation. It's a difficult, difficult situation for us," van der Paul said.

Climate scientist Peter Johnston said even if there is a good rainfall this year, the crisis will not be over. Cape Town is getting hotter.

"That increase in temperature is going to increase evaporation. Increased evaporation is going to mean that there is less water that's available for our use," Johnston said.

That is bad news for a city that is also a global tourist attraction – welcoming two million visitors a year.

City officials believe that if Capetonians drastically cut back water usage, they could avoid the taps running dry until the rainy season begins in May. Then of course the hope is that the rains will pour down so that dams will be full again.


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