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#OperationHydrate helps drought-ridden Senekal

NGO Operation Hydrate is helping residents after seeing the devastation of the drought on TV.

As residents from Senekal in the Free State battle the worst drought in years, a humanitarian organisation has distributed more than a hundred thousand litres of water to the community. Picture: @FlyMangoSA.

JOHANNESBURG - As residents from Senekal and Aliwal North in the Free State battle the worst drought in years, a humanitarian organisation has distributed more than 250,000 litres of water to the communities.

The area has not had running water since last month.

While the municipality has provided 260,000 litres of water to residents, it has not been able to meet demand.

The organisation along with volunteers and corporate companies have dispatched trucks to different areas in Senekal and Aliwal North.

Ermelo, Bethlehem & Newcastle VW are delivering water to drought-stricken Senekal. Contact Dealers to contribute. pic.twitter.com/YXoSMSXauI

Water arrives at Senekal! Support #OperationHydrate, make a difference! Retweet @Abramjee @ProudlySA @YusufOmarSA pic.twitter.com/erqfInpCCC

Senekal - people lining up for water pic.twitter.com/xO7jKP2F8U

NGO Operation Hydrate say they decided to help residents after seeing the devastation of the drought on TV.

Spokesperson Mohammad Bulbulia said, "They decided that on a smallscale they will do something, but it has gone into this magnitude where people are calling in, wanting water."

#OperationHydrate @DWS_RSA @jhb_water @GautengProvince Senekal is 3 hours from Jhb: Please assist with tankers- drinking water is needed.

Water arrives at Senekal! Support #OperationHydrate, make a difference! Retweet @Abramjee @ProudlySA @YusufOmarSA pic.twitter.com/erqfInpCCC

#OperationHydrate 2nd load of water offloaded in Senekal. We salute all the awesome people involved! Well done!🇿🇦🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/apy3mdneQC

#OperationHydrate A second load of water has arrived in Senekal - thanks to generous South Africans. pic.twitter.com/gY8sPiaM8W

#OperationHydrate in Senekal. @HydrateSA @SBbmnotices @FlyMangoSA @DWS_RSA @ProudlySA @ChangeAgentSA @IOL pic.twitter.com/g11hhD2JRv

"They come every day, they stand in the queue for water, by the time it comes, sometimes there's no water for them. So they come back the next morning and wait again."

The municipality said below average rainfall and increased evaporation has dried up sources of water.

All pictures by Operation Hydrate/Facebook.

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