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Lend helping hand to drought: Operation Hydrate

Saturday 20 February 2016 13:39

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Residents queued to receive ten litres of bottled water each from four trucks that are distributing the scarce resource to communities. (SABC)

A humanitarian initiative Operation Hydrate has urged South Africans to continue lending a helping hand in its effort to distribute water to drought stricken provinces.  

Operation Hydrate has distributed over seven million litres of water in five provinces thus far.

This weekend, Operation Hydrate was in Modimolle in Limpopo where communities are distressed and living without water.

They embarked on a violent protest action on Friday.  

Residents queued to receive ten litres of bottled water each from four trucks that are distributing the scarce resource to communities.

This is an initiative of donors led by Operation Hydrate to bring humanitarian relief to communities who are living without water.

Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape are among the provinces that are targeted by the operation.

We are very glad somebody can help because the drinking water is not so nice the water is dirty full of mud and we are very glad that they came and help

This weekend the operation has been distributing water in Modimolle town and its surrounding townships.

The area has seen the disruption of services, business and schooling as residents embarked on a violent protest action demanding water.

Residents who received the ten litres of bottled water, say they will use it for drinking purposes as the water that is currently supplied by the municipality in some parts of Modimolle is brownish in colour and not suitable for consumption.

Some residents do not have water at all. “We are very glad somebody can help because the drinking water is not so nice the water is dirty full of mud and we are very glad that they came and help,” says one resident.

The situation also affects schools, clinics and hospitals.

Operation Hydrate's Yusuf Abrahamjee has urged South Africans to assist in its efforts of distributing water to drought stricken provinces.

Abrahamjee says, thus far they have distributed over seven million litres of water in five provinces.

About three Modimolle municipality water tankers have also been seen distributing water in the area although the water is brownish in colour.

The municipality says the water is brownish as a result a low levels at a dam that is supplying water in the area.

The municipality admits that it has no capacity to deal with water shortage.

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