February 7, 2018 / 10:55 AM / 8 months ago

Dams that supply Cape Town fall further as water crisis looms

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Water levels at dams supplying South Africa’s Cape Town fell further this week, data showed on Wednesday, the latest sign of a deepening crisis that could soon see taps in the tourist hub run dry by May.

FILE PHOTO: Pools of muddy water are seen at Theewaterskloof dam near Cape Town, South Africa, January 20, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Dam levels in the Western Cape province fell to 23.7 percent this week from 24.5 percent the previous week, and from 36.5 percent a year ago, according to a weekly update from the department of water affairs.

Reporting by Ed Stoddard; Editing by James Macharia

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