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South Africa | Severe Drought – DG ECHO Daily Map | 22/02/2018

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Severe Drought Situation

• Western Cape Province (South Africa) is going through a severe drought, affecting in particular urban areas of Cape Town and its water supply.

• The current drought is the consequence of a sustained below-average monthly rainfall since 2015, which intensified in the last wet season (April-September 2017). This event is highlighted by the long-term indicators of precipitation anomalies (SPI-24) produced by the JRC Global Drought Observatory (GDO).

• Cape Town’s water supply is in critical emergency (water cuts and rationing). The “zero-water” day has been established as 9 July 2018 by Cape Town water authorities.

• Very little precipitation is expected before April.