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KwaZulu-Natal hit by massive drought

The amount of water available is said to have dropped below 30% and the numbers could fall lower.

FILE: Dam water levels, which are said to be the lowest in 13 years, started to decline in October 2013 when the province received minimal rainfall for two seasons. Picture: Freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - The KwaZulu-Natal government on Thursday said drought conditions had reached a critical stage.

Dam water levels, which are said to be the lowest in 13 years, started to decline in October 2013 when the province received minimal rainfall for two seasons.

The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs said the amount of water available has now dropped below 30 percent and its warned the numbers could fall lower.

Government said people needed to accept that the province was short of water and urged consumers change their consumption patterns.

Department's spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said, "The province is undergoing an epic drought spell. Most of our dams are at an all-time low; they are at a critical stage, particularly in the area of eThekwini and the iLembe District Municipality."