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Thunderstorms bring rain to Windhoek


stormTHUNDERSTORMS have brought much-needed rain to the Namibian capital, Windhoek.

The city is currently in the grip of a severe drought, with Windhoek’s dams only about 15 per cent full.

The rain comes less than a week after the government banned residents from washing cars at home, filling pools or even planting flowers or vegetables.

The new laws mean that locals are only allowed to water shrubs and trees once every two weeks, and public parks cannot be watered at all, unless recycled water is used.

The city’s water shortage means that the recent rainfall is a reason to be optimistic.

At least 15mm of rain has fallen on the city in the last few days, which is a decent proportion of the 41mm expected during December.

However, far more precipitation is needed during the next few months in order to prevent the water shortage from getting worse.

The wet season in Windhoek runs between October and April, but for the last four years, the rains have been below average.

In 2013, the city received just over half the rainfall it would normally expect in a year, and so far this year, the situation has been even worse.

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