South Africa: Cape Town should avoid water shut off in 2018

The South African metropolis of Cape Town will escape the worst case scenario of the water shutoff in 2018, if the water consumption is maintained at the current level and if the rains expected in the coming months will materialize, announced Wednesday, local authorities.

"If we maintain water consumption at the current level and if we receive a decent amount of rainfall, the + Day zero + will not happen this year," said Mmusi Maimane, party boss of the Democratic Alliance (DA, opposition) which administers the region of Cape (South-West).

Cape Town, the second largest agglomeration of South Africa, has experienced the worst drought in a century, to the point that the authorities have announced for months that taps would soon be dry

The date of "Day Zero" has regularly fluctuated according to the consumption of water. At the worst moment of the crisis, it was set for April 12.

But thanks to the mobilization of the population and farmers, the hypothesis of such a scenario is now moving away for 2018, announced Wednesday Mmusi Maimane at a press conference in Cape Town

The daily water consumption in Cape Town is currently in the order of 520 million liters, compared to 1.2 billion liters in 2015.

The inhabitants do not however, must not relax their efforts, immediately warned Mmusi Maimane, urging them to stick to the current drastic restrictions on water consumption.

 Cape Town water crisis (AFP / Archives - Kun TIAN) [19659009] Cape Town water crisis (AFP / Archives - Kun TIAN) </figcaption>
<p> Since early February, residents are being asked to limit their consumption to 50 liters per person per person, the equivalent of a daily shower of water. three minutes. </p>
<p> "Now that it is now unlikely that the + zero + day occurs in 2018, this scenario remains a real possibility for the summer months of 2019 if it does not rain enough in winter, "warned Mmusi Maimane. </p>
<p>" We must maintain this state of spirit where we have the greatest respect for this precious natural resource "what is water," he concluded. "In the context of climate change, South Africans must accept that we have a new relationship with water." </p>
<p> All of southern Africa has experienced a very severe drought in recent years, aggravated by the cyclical weather phenomenon El Niño. But very heavy rains in recent months have allowed most of the region to rebuild its precious water supply. </p>
<p> The Cape region was an exception, which receives most of its rainfall during the winter austral, from May to August. </p>
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Snow on the North after disrupting transport in the South

The snow covered Thursday a thin layer north of France after greatly disrupted transport and blocked many motorists on the roads and highways of the South, where the red alert was raised in the Herault. 19659002] Fifty-six departments, South, West, Central and East of the country, were on alert orange Thursday morning mainly for snow-ice.

From the center west to the south of the Hauts-de -France, the Grand Est and the Alps, the snow is announced and will be followed by "an episode of freezing rain," predicts Météo France. A phenomenon more dangerous than the snow according to the forecaster François Jobard

In Ile-de-France, where one expected between 1 to 3 cm of snow, the prefect of police activated the plan snow-ice and "strongly advises the travel by car "until Thursday 14H00. Heavy traffic is forbidden on the N118 in the Yvelines.

Despite a light snowpack falling in the night, transport Ile de France was little disturbed Thursday morning, except for buses in the departments of Val-de-France. Marne and the Hauts-de-Seine.

– Elected on the street –

In Paris, some thirty elected Parisians decided to spend the night in the street to alert the fate of the homeless. "We can not continue to watch the homeless as if they were a simple element of the decor," said Ali Idelouali, elected (EELV) of Choisy-le-Roi.

In Herault, where the main difficulties were concentrated Wednesday, the snow should be gradually replaced by rain at the end of the night, according to Météo France.

The department is out of the red alert and ironed orange vigil Thursday at 6:00.

Some 1,000 "shipwrecked people" were lodged in 25 open centers to welcome them in the Hérault, including 500 in Gignac located 30 km northwest of Montpellier, told AFP the prefecture. Some 200 gendarmes were mobilized in the department to help them.

Among those shipwrecked are Virginie and her two young children. Blocked for three hours on the A750, they lived a day of "absolute galley" before finding refuge in a gym in Gignac. "We had no information, did not see any police force or gendarmerie and when I called the police, I was referred to the firefighters who told me that they 'were not competent on this issue and it's limited if I did not get bawled for taking the road, "she told AFP.

In Montpellier, trams ran with difficulty and flights were interrupted, as in Biarritz. In Pau, many flights have been canceled.

Due to the red alert, all establishments receiving the public will be closed Thursday in the metropolis of Montpellier: crèches, day nurseries, recreation centers, swimming pools, media libraries , houses for all, halls and markets, town halls.

A rare phenomenon on the plains of the former Languedoc-Roussillon, the snow covered the Place de la Comédie and the Peyrou Park in Montpellier, but also the beach of Palavas-les-Flots, the port of Sète, the Paul Riquet alleys of Béziers or the arenas of Nîmes.

In the Gard, the last cars blocked on the A9 by the snow left in the evening the motorway, said the prefecture. "Given the climatic conditions, the traffic of semi-trailers of goods transport of more than 7.5 tons is prohibited until Thursday 10:00 on the whole of the national roads and departmental", she indicated. 19659002] – Swimmers in Biarritz –

In the Bouches-du-Rhône, the A54 was closed at 6 pm in both directions between Salon-de-Provence and Saint-Martin-de-Crau. [19659002] The east wind was blowing in the evening with violent gusts between 100 and 120 km / h on the coast of the Var and eastern Bouches du Rhône, according to Météo France. It should gradually decrease in the morning of Thursday.

On the Toulouse region, the wind "Autan" reached in the evening 111 km / h in Toulouse-Blagnac, 125km / h in the Lauragais and the region of Castres, according to Météo France

In the South-West, the snow episode was also very marked Wednesday morning, especially in the Landes. In Biarritz, bathers had to cross the snowy beach to get into the water. In Saint-Jean-de-Luz, 5 to 10 cm of snow fell by the sea.

A thin film of snow covered the Pilat dune, the highest in Europe (110 meters), at the big surprise of the tourists: "it's really super pretty, yesterday we came to discover the dune under the sun and today to see it under the snow, it is quite unique", ecstasied Antoine.

Météo France is forecasting a spectacular warmth on Thursday in a vast southwestern quarter, with 17 ° C expected in Tarbes and Biarritz.

Still according to the forecast service, the night of Tuesday to Wednesday was the coldest in the world. winter, with minimum temperatures of -10 ° in Lyon, -12 ° C in Metz.

In the north of France, temperatures will also rise Thursday but will remain quite low, barely 1 to 2 ° C Thursday afternoon in Lille, Strasbourg, Mulhouse, temperatures much lower than normal in the season.

The snow falls on France from south to north: 56 departments in orange vigilance

After blocking many motorists on the roads and motorways of the South (the red alert was finally raised in the Hérault), it is now in the northern half of France that fell a thin layer of snow . On the morning of March 1, 2018, 56 departments (out of the 96 in the metropolis) were in orange vigilance .

56 departments in orange vigilance because of the snow and ice storms

Fifty- six departments, South, West, Central and East of the country, were in orange alert on March 1 in the morning mainly for snow-ice. From the center-west to the south of the Hauts-de-France, the Grand Est and the Alps, the snow is announced and will be followed "an episode of freezing rain" provides Météo France. A phenomenon much more dangerous than the snow according to the forecaster François Jobard.

CAR DEBATE. In the Ile-de-France, where we expected between 1 to 3 cm of snow, the Prefect of Police activated the plan snow-ice and "strongly advises travel by car" until Thursday 14h. Truck traffic is prohibited on the N118 in Yvelines. Despite a light snowpack falling in the night, the transport was relatively undisturbed, with the exception of buses in the departments of Val-de-Marne and Hauts-de-Seine.

1000 shipwrecked people on the road emergency in the Hérault

In the Hérault, where the main difficulties were concentrated on February 28, 2018, the snow should be gradually replaced by rain at the end of the night, according to Météo France. The department came out of the red alert and ironed orange alert Thursday, March 1 at 6am. In Montpellier, trams traveled with difficulty and flights were interrupted, as in Biarritz. In Pau, many flights have been canceled. In Switzerland, in Geneva, Cointrin airport closed its tracks because of the snow. Due to the red alert, all establishments receiving the public will be closed on 1 March in the metropolis of Montpellier: crèches, day care centers, recreation centers, swimming pools, media libraries, houses for all, markets and markets, town halls .

ACCOMMODATION. Some 1,000 "shipwrecked from the road" were accommodated in 25 open centers to accommodate them in the Herault, including 500 in Gignac located 30 km northwest of Montpellier, told AFP the prefecture. Some 200 gendarmes were mobilized in the department to help them. Among those shipwrecked are Virginie and her two young children. Blocked for three hours on the A750, they lived a day of "absolute galley" before finding refuge in a gymnasium in Gignac. "We had no information, did not see any police force or gendarmerie and when I called the police, I was referred to the firefighters who told me that they were not competent on this question and it is limit if I did not made me warn for having taken the road "she told AFP.

A spectacular redoux expected [19659003] In the Bouches-du-Rhône, the A54 was closed at 18:00 in both directions between Salon-de-Provence and Saint-Martin-de-Crau. The east wind was blowing in the evening with violent gusts between 100 and 120 km / h on the coast of the Var and eastern Bouches du Rhône, according to Météo France. It should gradually decrease in the morning on March 1st. A thin film of snow covered the Pilat dune, the highest in Europe (110 meters), much to the surprise of tourists.

EXTREMES Météo France also predicts a spectacular warmth on Thursday, March 1, 2018 over a vast quarter southwest, with 17 ° C expected in Tarbes and Biarritz. Also according to the forecast service, the night of Tuesday, February 27, 2018 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018 was the coldest of the winter, with minimums lower than -10 ° in Lyon, -12 ° C in Metz. In the north of France, temperatures will also rise but will remain quite low, just 1 to 2 ° C Thursday afternoon in Lille, Strasbourg, Mulhouse, temperatures much lower than the normal season.

Snow: Thousands still stranded on roads in the South

The snow has fallen abundantly since Wednesday in the region of Montpellier, where 2,000 "shipwrecked by the road" were rescued and at least 2,000 others were still blocked Thursday morning on the roads and highways of Herault.

At 9:30 Thursday, nearly 2,000 cars and their passengers were still blocked on the A 9 motorway near Montpellier and A 75 (Clermont-Ferrand-Beziers), after spending the night. "The head of the cork is being resorbed slowly", it was assured to the prefecture of Hérault which gave, as the day before, any precision on the number of people concerned.

On the networks Thursday morning, motorists were said exasperated by the situation: "Is it normal and that the only people who come to take news and offer food are motorists? We are stuck in the same place since 15H30! You realize?", tweeted at 9:00 a driver stuck with his children.

Some 2,000 other people were accommodated Wednesday afternoon and overnight in the 35 points of reception of Herault and were still in the morning in the unable to recover their abandoned vehicles on the highway.

Montpellier, placed on red alert all night, woke up under a thick layer of snow Thursday, 10 to 20 centimeters in the center and 30 centimeters in the north of the agglomeration. Thursday morning, it was not snowing anymore but heavy rains were expected.

The city was paralyzed: no tram or bus was circulating and all the establishments receiving the public were closed during this period of school holidays: nurseries, stops day-care centers, leisure centers, swimming pools, media libraries, halls and markets … Air traffic has been interrupted since Wednesday noon

Montpellier Mayor Philippe Saurel (DVG) explained that he froze and snowed only the turnouts are damaged, which derailed two tramway trains ". Adding that trees had fallen on catenaries, he assured BFMTV "try to get a line running as quickly as possible."

450 people found refuge in buildings made available by the town hall, including the Zenith and in a TGV requisitioned by the prefect in Montpellier station. The Hérault firefighters handled 3,219 emergency calls and hired 650 firefighters and 293 vehicles for relief, assistance, reconnaissance and refueling actions.

The snow gradually gained most of the country on Wednesday evening and fifty-three departments were on orange alert Thursday late in the morning mainly for snow-ice.

It was still snowing on the north of the Hérault and west Gard, south-east of Lozere, on the north and east of the Alpes de Haute-Provence, the Hautes-Alpes and in the interior of the Alpes-Maritimes. In Provence, the wind has formed drifts and icy patches, particularly in the interior of the Var.

Some 5,000 subscribers are without electricity in the sector of Alès (Gard).

The motorway A8, between Aix-en-Provence and Saint-Maximin, where in the evening thirteen snow plows had unlocked all stuck vehicles, was completely reopened around 10:00.

– light snowpack in the North-

Elsewhere in France, from the center-west to the south of the Hauts-de-France, the Grand Est and the Alps, the snow is announced and will be followed by "an episode of freezing rain," forecasts Météo-France.

 View of the Place de la Bourse in Paris on March 1, 2018 under a thin layer of snow (AFP - Olivier MORIN)

View of the Place de la Bourse in Paris on March 1, 2018 under a thin layer of snow (AFP – Olivier MORIN)

In Burgundy, the A6 was cut in the middle of the night in the direction Lyon to Paris, up to Auxerre, said the motorway company APRR. The A47 Lyon-Saint-Etienne has also been closed Thursday since 9:00 in both directions at the height of Tartaras (Loire) following the accident of a tanker truck, through the central guard rails, causing a several kilometers

In the Drôme, around 02:00 am, a motorist was seriously injured after hitting a snow plow on the A7. An accident with a snowplow also occurred in the Ain, where a school bus ended up in the ditch by crossing a snowplow, without making any injuries.

In Ile-de-France, where the soil is covered Thursday morning with one to three centimeters of snow, the prefect of police activated the plan snow-ice and "strongly advises travel by car" until 14H00. The heavy goods vehicles traffic is forbidden on the N118 in the Yvelines.

Despite this snow, the Ile-de-France transports were little disturbed on Thursday morning, except for the buses in the departments of Val-de-Marne and Hauts-de -Seine

According to the SNCF, "no big delays or big disturbances" on the French network Thursday morning, but the speed of TGV was limited to 200 km / h by precaution on the axes Paris-Lyon-Marseille / Montpellier and to the Atlantic. In Montpellier station, the trains were between 30 minutes and two hours late.

In the South and the Rhone Valley, the redoux began slowly Thursday, as well as in New Aquitaine where all the areas Mandatory parking of trucks was being evacuated.

In the north of France, temperatures will also rise Thursday but will remain around 1 to 2 ° C in the afternoon in Lille, Strasbourg , Mulhouse, temperatures much lower than normal in the season.

North Korean controversial officials to attend the Olympic closure in South Korea




Seoul
North Korea (North Korea) will again send a high delegation to the closing of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea (ROK). The delegation will be led by a controversial North Korean official, believed to be responsible for the tragedy of the sinking of a South Korean military ship in 2010.

The closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea will be held on Sunday (25/2). Just as it opened on 9 February, North Korea will also send delegates to the closing. But this time Kim Yo-Jong, North Korea's younger brother Kim Jong-Un, did not participate.

Spoken by South Korean Ministry of Unification in a statement, as reported by Reuters Thursday (22/2/2018) the North's high will be led by Kim Yong-Chol, who is Vice Chairman of the Central Commission of the North Korean Workers Party. The delegation will stay for three days in South Korea.

It is known that Kim Yong-Chol also heads the United Front Department, the North Korean authority's office responsible for handling inter-Korean affairs. Kim Yong-chol's own figure is actually quite controversial for South Korea.

Previously he was Head of General Reconnaissance Bureau or RGM which is a military intelligence agency of North Korea. South Korean authorities say Kim Yon-Chol is responsible for the tragedy of the sinking of the South Korean navy ship Cheonan in 2010. At least 46 South Korean sailors were killed in the tragedy.

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-Gyon says the torpedo attack that sank the South Korean military ship was carried out by North Korea. "Kim (Yong-Chol) is responsible for South Korean affairs, that's why we accept it because we believe it will help improve inter-Korean relations and resolve the issue of denuclearization," Cho told parliamentarians. Carousel.

South Korea and the United States actually put Kim Yong-Chol's name on the blacklist because he supports North Korea's missile and nuclear program. With blacklisted, he was banned from visiting South Korea. However, according to an official of the South Korean presidential office, South Korean authorities decided to accept Kim Yong-chol's presence for the good of the Olympics.

The South Korean official declared his authority to notify the US of Kim Yong-chol's presence.

Kim Yong-Chol, another North Korean official, Ri Son-Gwon will also be present at the closing of the Olympics. Ri, also involved in inter-Korean affairs, also accompanied Kim Yo-Jong's sister while attending the opening ceremony of the Olympics in early February. The eight-member North Korean delegation will come to South Korea via land and is scheduled to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-In. The time and location of the meeting has not yet been publicly disclosed.

(nvc / ita)


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