Pray that it keeps raining, urges KZN government

2015-07-22 13:33
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Durban - It remains too early to tell whether Wednesday’s deluge in parts of KwaZulu-Natal will provide any respite for the drought-wracked province.

Several municipalities have instituted water restrictions and dams teeter on the verge of running dry.

The Department of Co-operative Governance’s Lennox Mabaso said their prayers had been answered with the welcome rains, but was quick to add that more divine intervention is sorely needed.

“The MEC [Nomusa Dube-Ncube]is very excited about the rain but she knows, like we all do, that it would be too early to celebrate now. We have held prayer meetings in the recent days and by all accounts it would appear that the Almighty is responsive,” he said.   

Mabaso said that for the rain to provide any respite from the drought conditions, it would have to last several days.

“The situation we find ourselves in is troubling because we need this rain, heavy rain in fact, to continue to fall for several days. What is more, we need it to fall in specific catchment areas so that they can feed the dams that most need replenishing,” he added.

“As it stands, the Hazelmere dam in on the verge of being completely empty and we must remain cognisant that this is not a problem that only affects Durban or KwaDukuza. This drought is a problem that is gripping the entire province.

“Right now it is too early to know whether or not these rains have helped us. If it keeps coming down for several days we will be able to send teams out to assess the situation. But for now, people must continue to pray,” Mabaso said.  

Dry conditions were first noted late in 2013 with below-average rainfalls and have been prevalent ever since, ushering in the worst drought to affect KwaZulu-Natal in decades. 

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