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Religious organisations to pray for rain

The Council of Muslim Theologians of South Africa has organised a mass prayer service for rain.

FILE: The Council of Muslim Theologians of South Africa has organised a mass prayer service for rain.

JOHANNESBURG - As South Africa faces a crippling drought, which is likely to raise food prices, some religious services today will include prayers for rain.

The Council of Muslim Theologians of South Africa has organised a mass prayer saying the drought has now reached epic proportions.

Last week, the Free State and North West provinces were declared disaster areas.

In KwaZulu-Natal some areas are said to only have enough water supply to last the next 120 days.

Some farmers have already started applying for drought relief.

Secretary General of the Muslim Council Moulana Ebrahim Bham says, "We are all aware that the country is suffering amidst a huge water crisis. Each and every citizen is supposed to be worried with regards to this. It is also the duty of every citizen, given the acute crisis, to pay attention to water conservation."