The residents of Cape Town in South Africa rejoiced and in thanksgiving, stood outside to feel the rain on their skin after it suffered drought.

Most of the residents were happy when the forecasts turned out to be true and rain fell from the skies,

In the drought-hit city, Friday night’s 8mm (0.3 inches) was long-desired.

Residents of the city had been under orders to save water meticulously to avoid the city’s taps running dry.

There is a very real chance that Cape Town will simply run out of water.

The city has had low rainfall for three years.

In January, local authorities slashed residents’ water allowance to 50 litres (88 pints) each a day.

That’s enough for a very short shower and just one flush of the toilet when other needs – including just one load of the washing machine a week – are taken into account.

So the rainfall on Friday came as a boon to many who saw their chance to store some extra water, for watering plants, flushing toilets or cleaning.

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