Droughts and Heat Waves

In Cape Town, 'Day Zero' is coming very soon — the day the water runs out

In Cape Town, 'Day Zero' is coming very soon — the day the water runs out

Cape Town, South Africa’s second-largest city, is facing its worst drought in a century, with its water supply expected to run dry April 21.

They’re calling it “Day Zero.” In this city of 4 million, people will have to line up in the streets at just 200 water stations. The police and army will enforce a limit of 6.6 gallons per person and adopt measures to control crowds. Some experts believe evacuations will be necessary.

If the city runs out of water, it will be the first major city in a developed country to do so.

But a number of...

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