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Dams that supply Cape Town fall further as water crisis looms

Image: FILE PHOTO: Pools of muddy water are seen at Theewaterskloof dam near Cape Town, South Africa, January 20, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Water levels at dams supplying South Africa’s Cape Town fell further this week, data showed on Wednesday, the latest sign of a deepening crisis that could soon see taps in the tourist hub run dry by May.

Dam levels in the Western Cape province fell to 23.7 percent this week from 24.5 percent the previous week, and from 36.5 percent a year ago, according to a weekly update from the department of water affairs.


(Reporting by Ed Stoddard; Editing by James Macharia)
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