For decades climate change was confined to gloomy prognoses and apocalyptic warnings, but in Australia’s drought-stricken east it has become a brutal reality threatening the much-mythologised Outback way of life.
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Citizens in South Africa’s second-largest city are preparing for Day Zero, scheduled for July 9, when most of the city’s water will be switched off. After three years of drought and alleged political mismanagement, the city is reaching breaking point.
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During the region’s worst drought in over a century, Cape Town’s water restrictions have been reduced to 50 litres per person per day, forcing residents to find alternative water resources in an attempt to lower their daily consumption.
Drought-stricken Cape Town is drilling dozens of boreholes to keep essential services like hospitals functioning in the event of Day Zero, the day in May that the city is predicted to run out of water.