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In South Africa, volunteer water deliveries bring relief to drought areas

In South Africa, volunteer water deliveries bring relief to drought areas

The tatty, faded umbrellas bob above a long queue of people, protection not against rain, but the parching sun. In what some farmers are calling the worst drought they've seen, residents in many rural townships saw the water in their taps dribble and die months ago.

Crops didn't get planted. Wildlife disappeared. Cattle were sent away to early slaughter when farmers couldn't bear to watch their slow, dry deaths.

El Niño's path across Africa has been a punishing mirror image of its march up the Pacific in the Western Hemisphere: pockets of flooding in places such as Somalia and Kenya, and here in the south, an endless succession of days so dry that water, even simple...

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