Overall Orange alert Drought for Southern Africa-2018
in Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Event summary

The drought has lasted for 6 months. Drought indicators suggest anomalies typical of severe to extreme events.

GDACS ID DR 1012728
Name: Southern Africa-2018
Countries: Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Start Date: End of Oct 2018
Duration: 307 days
Impact: Medium impact for agricultural drought in 623881 km2
More info: Global Drought Observatory

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AP Explains: The causes and risks of the Amazon firesFri, 23 Aug 2019 23:38:00 +0200.

Virgin jungle stands next to an area that was burnt recently near Porto Velho, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Brazilian state experts have reported a record of nearly 77,000 wildfires across the country so far this year, up 85% over the sam
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AP Explains: The causes and risks of the Amazon firesFri, 23 Aug 2019 23:32:00 +0200.

Fire consumes an area near Porto Velho, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Brazilian state experts have reported a record of nearly 77,000 wildfires across the country so far this year, up 85% over the same period in 2018. Brazil contains about
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AP Explains: The causes and risks of the Amazon firesFri, 23 Aug 2019 23:13:00 +0200.

Virgin jungle stands next to an area that was burnt recently near Porto Velho, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Brazilian state experts have reported a record of nearly 77,000 wildfires across the country so far this year, up 85% over the sam
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As Fires Devastate the Amazon Rainforest, NASA Satellites Capture Grim ... Fri, 23 Aug 2019 23:02:00 +0200.

Often referred to as "the planet's lungs" because it provides 20% of the world's oxygen, the Amazon rainforest has been ablaze for weeks. NASA has captured satellite images of the billowing smoke from the catastrophic fires, which continue
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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: (1), JRC (29), WMO (1), INFORM (2),