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South Africa: Limpopo Villagers Forced to Dig for Water

Villagers in Waterberg, Limpopo's main livestock-farming zone, knew little about climate change, until recently when the river they depend on for their livelihood ran dry.

Residents of Bokwidi village, north-west of Polokwane, have been forced to dig into the Mogalakwena river's bed to find water for washing and for their livestock, which they have depended on for decades.

Over the past three months, the Mogalakwena - a combination of the Tswana words mogala "fierce", and kwena "crocodile" - has run dry.

Marisol Grandon/Department for International Development


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