Drought-hit Swaziland imposes four day water cuts
12 August 2016, 14:19
Mbabane – Drought-stricken Swaziland on Thursday said it would
begin sever water rationing in the capital Mbabane after levels in the main dam
supplying the city fell to a critical low.
Water Services Corporation (SWSC) said the restrictions would begin on Friday
and probably last until the arrival of summer rains expected around October.
the measure, there will be no mains water for four days a week. Residents will
collect water from mobile tanks instead.
is because of the dire drought situation which has decreased water levels at
the Hawane Dam," said SWSC spokesperson Nomahlubi Matiwane.
said water levels in the dam had dropped from 15% of capacity in the last few
weeks to just nine percent.
is one of a number of countries in southern Africa that have been badly hit by
El Nino – a weather phenomenon that is centred on the countries in the Pacific
but can affect other regions as well.
February, dry conditions gripping the agricultural sector prompted the
government to declare a state of emergency.
resources in the impoverished country of 1.2 million people have more than
halved, contributing to higher food prices and poor crops.
month aid organisations estimated that El Nino had affected 12.3 million people
across southern Africa.