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Australia 'Best medicine ever': Dam fills in drought-ravaged town

12:25  14 february  2020
12:25  14 february  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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The drought has ravaged crops, hit tourist numbers and forced changes to consumption habits in Cape Town and surrounding areas as mandatory Cape Town , which has some 4 million inhabitants, gets most of its tap water from dams filled mainly with rainwater. (Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing

The drought has ravaged crops, hit tourist numbers and forced changes to consumption habits in Cape Town and surrounding areas as mandatory Cape Town , which has some 4 million inhabitants, gets most of its tap water from dams filled mainly with rainwater, of which Theewaterskloof Dam

It wasn't quite Niagara Falls, but tumbling water has rarely looked so good as it did today in the drought-ravaged New South Wales town of Tenterfield.

The town has endured bushfires, dry dams and drought, but now locals have a reason to celebrate.

"Listening to the water over the spillway is better than the best song I've ever heard," resident Terry Dodds said.

a view of a mountain: Tenterfield locals are celebrating after recent rain left the area looking green and filled up waterways. © 9News Tenterfield locals are celebrating after recent rain left the area looking green and filled up waterways.

Mayor - and local farmer - Peter Petty agreed.

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South Africa's drought -stricken Cape Town has pushed back its estimate for "Day Zero," when Cape Town was particularly hard hit, and lack of good subsequent rains around the city has made its water shortage worse. Dam levels for the Western Cape province, which includes Cape Town , were at

Steady winter rains over the last week have substantially eased Cape Town 's worst drought in a century, replenishing reservoirs for the western Cape region of South Africa to levels well above last year's, officials said on Monday. Dam levels have risen to 31.5 percent as of this week compared.

"It's the best medicine ever and it's the biggest relief ever," he said.

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"We've been praying for this for a long time and we are on the front foot now, so not the back foot."

a herd of elephants standing next to a body of water: Tenterfield has been in the grip of severe drought. © 9News Tenterfield has been in the grip of severe drought.

The run-off from the rain continues to flow into the dam, putting the brown, cracked edges underwater.

Rain has fallen on many drought-stricken areas of New South Wales in the past week, but many in regional areas have warned that much more is needed before the drought is broken.

More rain is forecast for the weekend, particularly on the coast.

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Drought remains 'diabolical' for most of NSW .
More than 99 per cent of the state remains in drought, despite record rainfall in Sydney which will see the desalination plant switched off and water restrictions wound back. As Sydney recovers from the worst drought on record, the situation is still "diabolical" for most of the state, in what is likely to create tensions in the Coalition ahead of the May budget. Data presented to the government this week shows 99.4 per cent of NSW is still in drought, with about one-third in the highest category - "intense drought".

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