February 13, 2018 / 4:08 PM / a year ago

South Africa declares drought a national disaster

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa on Tuesday declared drought a national disaster after reassessing the “magnitude and severity” in three drought-stricken provinces, including the area around Cape Town.

South Africa is battling a drought that is part of a wider climate change pattern seen around the country. The Western Cape, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape provinces have been worst hit.

Reporting by Nqobile Dludla; Editing by James Macharia

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