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S.Africa declares drought a 'national disaster'

AFP  |  Cape Town 

today declared a "national disaster" over a that has ravaged parts of the country and threatened to leave the city of without domestic tap

In a notice published in the government gazette, the department of cooperative governance said it had elevated the to a "national disaster" after reassessing its "magnitude and severity".

is in the grip of a catastrophic three-year-long as sparse winter rains have failed to bring relief, and dam levels have dropped to dangerously low levels.

South Africa's second city is now facing the prospect of having to turn its taps off under a so-called "Day Zero" scenario to conserve the city's remaining supplies.

Today, the predicted date for Day Zero was pushed back to June 11 after consumption cuts.

But widespread drought has gripped large parts of the south and west of

The statement said that declaring a national disaster would mean that the was responsible for tackling the issue and ensuring immediate relief efforts.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 18:10 IST