South Africa has been facing country’s worst drought and one of the biggest help offered was by the Indian NRI community. The NRI community in South Africa has sent 1.5 million litres of boiled water to 3 drought-hit provinces, prompting other communities, corporates and the government to help the people who are facing the country’s worst drought in over a century. Their efforts were part of ‘Operation Hydrate’ – an initiative started by young Indians on WhatsApp platform.
The marvellous effort led by NRI community at shopping centres, community groups and mosques resulted in gathering of 1.5 million litres of water. 35 trucks were sent with tanks full of boiled water to provinces of North West Free State and the Eastern Cape. According to Operation Hydrate spokesperson Ms. Yaseen Theba, they not only stand by the side of the sufferers but also could help them avoid further loss of lives. Their effort also prompted the Nelson Mandela Foundation to come forward and join them.
This record breaking drought is the result of EL Nino and a drought that broke all records of the past 100 years. Low rainfall has caused severe drought, and almost no water, leaving several provinces in South Africa declared disaster areas. The record breaking temperatures in recent weeks have claimed several lives, as South Africa struggles with its worst drought in over 100 years, with no immediate prospects of the situation abating.