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Disaster Management – Hot Times in the Old Apartheid

2017/06/10

South Africa: Western Cape Declared a Disaster Area

Cape Town — Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has officially declared the province a disaster area in response to the most crippling drought to hit the province in over a century.

Dam levels in the Cape are at a worrying low of 19%, with only 11.6% usable.

The Premier said the declaration, which she signed during a Cabinet meeting last week, will be formally gazetted during the course of the week.

“The disaster declaration will accelerate the Western Cape Disaster Management Centre’s Project ‘Avoiding Day Zero’, the Province’s strategy to ensure that taps do not run dry,” Premier Zille stressed.

As it stands, the disaster will be classified for a three month period which can be extended, if the need arises.

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In the last year, at least R27 million had been re-prioritised for interventions in areas which were declared local disasters.

In January 2016, parts of the West Coast and Central Karoo were declared agricultural drought disaster areas.

Hydrological disasters were declared in Prince Albert, Witzenberg and Oudtshoorn. Through the interventions, all of these localities are no longer deemed as disaster areas. – TLM

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22 May 2017
SAnews.gov.za (Tshwane) via AllAfrica 

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Related:

South Africa: 10,000 Knysna residents evacuated amid fire – BBC News, 2017/08/06

GALLERY: Aerial pics of devastating Cape fires News 24. SA, 2017/10/06

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