Cape Town's water shortage

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Cape Town’s drought

Cape Town is suffering a severe drought, with dire warnings that the city’s water supply will run out on April 12.

It is the city’s worst drought for 100 years and authorities are urging people to cut down on water usage. Stark warning have been issued that if the city’s supply runs out it will face a “disaster.”

Cape Town is one of southern Africa’s wealthiest cities but inequality is stark and Government corruption remains a problem.

The 2011 census found that more than 20 percent of the city’s population did not live in “formal dwellings” and sanitation causes frequent problems for township communities.

We want to look at what is happening in depth, and report on how the water shortage is affecting different people and communities.

How did it get this far?

The drought has environmental and political dimensions. The whole of Southern Africa was affected by a particularly severe El Nino, but Cape Town appears to be in greater danger of running out of water than other cities.

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How is it affecting different communities?

The economic disparity in the city, and sanitation problems suffered in poor areas, means that some people are likely to be more vulnerable to the effects of the drought than others. We want to look into whether this is the case.

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