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Operation Hydrate: Drought-stricken Senekal to receive water tankers

The NGO and other companies, aims to deliver 1,5 million litres of drinking water.

Operation Hydrate distributes water to residents of Senekal & Aliwal North in the Free State on 9 January 2015. Picture: Operation Hydrate SA Initiative/Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Operation Hydrate has bought the first 15 tankers of water that will be sent to the drought-stricken area of Senekal.

The NGO, together with corporate companies, is aiming to deliver more than 1,5 million litres of drinking water to areas which have been hardest hit.

#OperationHydrate in Phuthaditjhaba QwaQwa @HydrateSA pic.twitter.com/rFshxzLgzY

Each tanker has the capacity for 10,000 litres.

The NGO's Yaseen Theba says the scenes of desperation are heartbreaking.

"We met a 76-year-old lady. She came with a walking stick and she got to the point where we were distributing. I was quite shocked as I couldn't understand why she was walking all the way. She told me if she did not walk, she would not have any water. She could not remember when last she had drinking water."

#OperationHydrate in Phuthaditjhaba QwaQwa @abramjee pic.twitter.com/hR6laeD6ij

#OperationHydrate: How you can help communities without water

SOME DRINKING SEWERAGE WATER

The NGO says some communities in the Free State have resorted to drinking sewerage water.

It says the situation on the ground is distressing as people and communities are desperate for drinking water.

"We're getting reports of people drinking sewage water. We had reports last week of a person that was stabbed because a fight broke out while people were collecting water," Theba said.

There have also been calls for national and provincial government to help communities who have little or no water.

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