R220 million set aside to help drought-stricken KZN has vanished

R220 million set aside to help drought-stricken KZN has vanished

- The money was intended for drought relief efforts, but has now gone missing

- This follows warnings that the KZN drought could threaten food security

- Government has forked out another R120 million to help districts facing water crises

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More than R220 million of funds set aside for farmers hard-hit by drought has reportedly vanished.

The money came from national government, and was meant for drought relief in KwaZulu-Natal. This followed the extreme drought in the reigon in 2015, which saw the province declared a disaster area.

Now, citizens must prepare for water cuts and worse, with farmers set to be affected the most.

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This comes after warnings that KwaZulu-Natal is facing another drought, with dam levels dropping and little rain in sight. Water restrictions have been in place since 2015 in several areas, but water levels have shown little improvement.

The drought has reportedly caused R10 million in damages this year alone.

Government has warned that if rainfall does not increase over the next three months, food security in the province could be threatened. In particular, this could have a devastating effect on crops. 

The R220 million reserved for drought relief efforts in 2015 has reportedly gone missing and cannot be accounted for. Government has released no further information about the missing funds.

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However, the National Disaster Management Centre will be forking our another R120 million to KwaZulu-Natal to help relieve the water crisis. The money is set to be disbursed throughout the most-affected KZN districts.

Hopefully the R120 million doesn't go missing as well.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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