Good rains ease drought on east coast

2010-11-11 08:10

October’s heavy rains have helped ease drought conditions for South Africa’s east coast and even ended the crisis in some places, the Disptach Online reported today.

The latest rainfall report for the Eastern Cape states the “crisis appears to be over” in Dwesa and Cwebe villages and the tourist areas of Morgan Bay and Haga Haga have seen their dams completely filled.

Amathole District Municipality spokesperson Gail Pullen said they would “temporarily lift water restrictions” in the two tourist areas but “people are still urged to conserve water there and everywhere else in the region”.

Owner of the Haga Haga Resort and Self-Catering Cabanas Neill Chemaly said: “The village is going to be full over December and it will now be a relaxed atmosphere with the water restrictions lifted,” he said.

Pullen said the biggest benefit after last month’s rainfall is that “most areas are now saturated and any further rainfall we receive should run into the dams”.

She said rainfall for October “varied between 50mm in the western part of the district and 200mm in the eastern parts”.

But Bedford, Adelaide, Fort Beaufort, Hogsback, Cathcart, Chintsa East, Butterworth and Dutywa dams still have either no water or very little left in their dams.

SA Weather Service forecaster Mandisa Manentsa-Titisi said thundershowers were expected in Queenstown and along the eastern interior today.

“It could help with the drought,” he said.

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