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

Event summary

The drought has lasted for 3 months. Drought indicators suggest anomalies typical of severe to extreme events.

GDACS ID DR 1012728
Name: Southern Africa-2018
Countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Start Date: End of Oct 2018
Duration: 121 days
Impact: Medium impact for agricultural drought in 1120969 km2
More info: Global Drought Observatory

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Latest media headlines

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Hit by wilder weather, Botswana's farmers seek welfare paymentsMon, 18 Feb 2019 10:41:00 +0100.

A government programme to provide work for those in need of income is seeing a rise in demand as droughts become harsher. By Sharon Tshipa. MOLEPOLOLE, Botswana, Feb 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Maipato Kesebang normally grows maize, j
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Australia’s Burning, Flooding, Disastrous New NormalSat, 16 Feb 2019 15:57:00 +0100.

WAMBOIN, Australia — This is what climate change looks like, Australia style: A viral video, released in early January, of two middle-aged men, one a local farmer, standing knee deep in the stagnant shallows of an outback river, cradling th
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It’s time to provide Californians with a reliable, resilient water sup ... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 23:41:00 +0100.

Former United States Senator Barbara Boxer speaks during the WORLDZ event at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center on Thursday, October 18, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Climate change is here, and we must act
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It’s time to provide Californians with a reliable, resilient water sup ... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 23:35:00 +0100.

Former United States Senator Barbara Boxer speaks during the WORLDZ event at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center on Thursday, October 18, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Climate change is here, and we must act
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Estimated casualties (PAGER)

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Analytical report

24/Jan/2019 09:37 UTC

Daily Maps:

29/Jan/2019 05:44 UTC

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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: (1), JRC (24), WMO (1), INFORM (2),