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A World War One relic linked to one of the worst maritime disasters in English waters has been returned to South Africa.

Cape Town celebrates dam milestone

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, South Africa

People queuing for extra water to top up their rations in Cape Town
Cape Town residents are restricted to 50 litres of water per person per day.

The dams in Cape Town have reached a significant milestone in an ongoing battle against severe water shortages in the South African coastal city.

Water levels at the dams have broken the 60% mark for first time since a drought struck parts of the Western Cape province three years ago - placing the much feared Day Zero out of the picture.

It had raised fears Cape Town would be the first city on earth to run out of water, causing widespread panic among residents.

They were braced for the city’s taps to run dry – but it seems there is now reason to celebrate.

This time last year, the dam levels were sitting at about 30%.

Although the City of Cape Town has described the development as "a milestone", stringent water-saving restrictions are to remain.

Cape Town residents are expected to use just 50 litres of water per person per day.

This includes taking two-minute showers.

Officials have said the restrictions will only be lifted if the dams reach between a 80% and 85% storage capacity.

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One dead, four injured in Cape Town train fire

One person has died and four women have been left injured - one seriously - after a South African train was allegedly set ablaze this morning.

Pictures of the train burning on the tracks in Cape Town have been widely shared on social media.

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Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service press officer Theo Layne told the BBC emergency services were on the scene at 09:00 local time (07:00 GMT).

The fire destroyed two carriages, and left the body of the deceased so badly burnt it was impossible to tell whether they were a man or woman, he said.

Arson is suspected, Mr Layne added.

This is the second time in a month a Cape Town train has caught fire. No one is believed to have been hurt in that incident.