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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.
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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.

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: Operation Hydrate Initiative SA/Facebook.

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.

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.” 

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: Operation Hydrate Initiative SA/Facebook.
 
He said more people need to get onboard and assist drought ravaged areas and communities. 

“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.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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