South Africa lifts “State of Disaster” warning over drought

The South African government has said that the national state of disaster it declared in March over a drought that ravaged parts of the country had lapsed after significant rainfall.

The three-year drought hit Cape Town particularly hard, threatening to leave residents of the country’s second largest city without drinking water.

The government said it had conducted assessments which showed that the severe phase of the drought that affected agricultural production in a number of provinces was at an end.

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