Whoever has been doing a rain-dance in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, you can give yourself a pat on the back: The latest projections from weather forecasting experts Ventusky reveal that an intense wave of rainfall is set to reach Gqeberha, which is facing a ‘Day Zero’ crisis.
The biggest city in the Eastern Cape – and one of the largest metros in the country – has been having a terrible time with its water supply. Dams are running dry across NMB, and citizens of Gqeberha have been left to prepare for something resembling a catastrophe.
Recent projections suggested that water reticulation could run TOTALLY dry by mid-July. However, this latest rainfall prediction will be music to the ears of millions in the province. A proper dousing is in store, and it could be enough to temporarily replenish the dams.
The reservoirs servicing the NMB municipality, by the way, remain at crisis point:
NELSON MANDELA BAY | DAM LEVELS AS AT 9 MAY 2022 pic.twitter.com/Aa0Htt5ctK— Bay Bulletin NMB (@bay_bulletin) May 9, 2022
Within the next 72 hours or so, the first drops of the predicted deluge should reach Gqeberha and the NMB metro. We’ve got a detailed summary of what to expect here, alongside a cumulative rainfall projection for the week ahead.