EC Treasury releases R120m in drought relief funding as towns run dry

The province's dam levels are currently at 50%, with the the Joe Gqabi District Municipality warning residents to boil water before drinking it.

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CAPE TOWN - An increasing number of towns in the Eastern Cape are running out of drinking water.

The province's dam levels are currently at 50%, with the Joe Gqabi District Municipality warning residents to boil water before drinking it.

Residents have also been advised to add a teaspoon of bleach to every 25 litres of drinking water to make it safe.

The province has been officially declared a drought disaster.

The Eastern Cape Treasury has released R120 million in drought relief funding.

Spokesperson for the National Department of Water and Sanitation Sputnik Ratau: "The Eastern Cape has not been able to recover from the drought that we experienced since 2014. When we look at the rainfall and snowfall patterns, they haven't helped much."