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Feb 3, 2017

Drought ravages Cape Town, South Africa

Photo: Nic Bothma / EPA
City only has 100 days of water left
Blue Cranes are pictured above walking in a dry field near the critically low Theewaterskloof Dam in Villiersdorp, South Africa.   Theewaterskloof, the single biggest dam supplying water to Cape Town, is only 1/3 full according to recent figures.   Experts warn that the city, with an estimated metropolitan population of 3.74 million people, has only 100 days of water left as drought ravages the area.   All dams in the area could be down to 20% in the next few months, at the start of South Africa's winter.   The bottom 10% of water behind the Theewaterskloof Dam is too turbid to be used.   The Blue Crane is the national bird of South Africa.   The species is in overall serious decline and is listed as 'Vulnerable' by the IUCN.

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