Video of a drought stricken Northern Cape town is going viral after it finally got a massive storm and a crazy hail river to go with it.
The Northern Cape Province is the largest of all the nine Provinces of South Africa in terms of land mass, but has the smallest population. Its average rainfall is lower than that of all the other provinces. There has been no rainfall as was expected in the months of September to December since 2015.
The drought has drastically hampered the planting process of summer crops.
The impact of the drought has been felt mostly by the emerging farmers who have not been able to stock up on supplies as a result of not having the resources, thus being forced to sell their cattle to make ends meet and to alleviate the suffering of the animals.
But over the weekend, the town of Sutherland in the Northern Cape had massive hailstorms that brought some very welcome rain along with it. A lot of dams that had been empty for weeks are now full to the point of overflowing.
Due to the amount of rain and hail the area had, some flash floods created ‘icebergs’ of hail along the road – something the town had never seen before. Large areas were over a meter deep and in some places up to 1.5 meters.
Starry night self Catering shared their pictures and video which have quickly been re-shared across social media thousands of times.
They also managed to capture a river of hail just outside the Observatory gates. You can click below to see the spectacle: