South Africa's Zuma says 2.7 million households hit by drought

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FREE STATE, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 14: Insufficient water resource is seen due to elevated temperature and drought, at Lindlay town in Free State, South Africa on January 14, 2016. (Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FREE STATE, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 14: Arid land is seen due to elevated temperature and drought, at Lindlay town in Free State, South Africa on January 14, 2016. (Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FREE STATE, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 14: South African children wait to fill their cans with water due to elevated temperature and drought, at Lindlay town in Free State, South Africa on January 14, 2016. (Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
In this photo taken Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, a elephant sprays itself with sand in a dry river bed in the drought-stricken HluhluweâImfolozi Park in the KwaZulu province, South Africa. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
This Thursday Jan. 7, 2016 photo, shows the almost dried-up local dam in Senekal, South Africa where taps and water sources have run dry. Senekal, a small town in South Africaâs rural Free State province, is one of four regions declared disaster areas as a drought dries up South Africaâs heartland _ along with much of eastern and southern Africa _ bringing with it failed crops and acute water shortages. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
In this Thursday Jan. 7, 2016 photo, an elderly woman waits with containers in a wheelbarrow to collect free water in Senekal, South Africa where taps and water sources have run dry. Senekal, a small town in South Africaâs rural Free State province, is one of four regions declared disaster areas as a drought dries up South Africaâs heartland _ along with much of eastern and southern Africa _ bringing with it failed crops and acute water shortages. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
In this Thursday Jan. 7, 2016 photo, a boy keeps a spot in a queue for free water being transported in by the municipality, in Senekal, South Africa . Senekal, a small town in South Africaâs rural Free State province, is one of four regions declared disaster areas as a drought dries up South Africaâs heartland _ along with much of eastern and southern Africa _ bringing with it failed crops and acute water shortages. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
In this Thursday Jan. 7, 2016 photo, an elderly woman drinks water from a bucket after waiting for hours for the municipality to deliver free water, in Senekal, South Africa. Senekal, a small town in South Africaâs rural Free State province, is one of four regions declared disaster areas as a drought dries up South Africaâs heartland _ along with much of eastern and southern Africa _ bringing with it failed crops and acute water shortages. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
FREE STATE, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 14: A Cattle is seen as it has difficulties to find water due to elevated temperature and drought, at Lindlay town in Free State, South Africa on January 14, 2016. (Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FREE STATE, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 14: Arid land is seen due to elevated temperature and drought, at Lindlay town in Free State, South Africa on January 14, 2016. (Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FREE STATE, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 14: South African people wait to fill their cans with water due to elevated temperature and drought, at Lindlay town in Free State, South Africa on January 14, 2016. (Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FREE STATE, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 14: Cattles are seen as they have difficulties to find water due to elevated temperature and drought, at Lindlay town in Free State, South Africa on January 14, 2016. (Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FREE STATE, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 14: Arid land is seen due to elevated temperature and drought, at Lindlay town in Free State, South Africa on January 14, 2016. (Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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CAPE TOWN - South African President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday that 2.7 million households would be affected by a drought disaster which has hammered agricultural output, pushed up food prices and increased unemployment.

Zuma told parliament that 450 million rand ($29 million) has been allocated by government for drought relief.

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