Overall Orange alert Drought for Southwestern Africa-2023
in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

Event summary

Mild to severe impacts to people and to one or more sectors of the economy.

Name: Southwestern Africa-2023
Countries: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
Start Date: End of Aug 2023
Duration: 329 days
Impact: Medium impact for agricultural drought in 143990 km2
More info: Global Drought Observatory

GDACS Score

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Maximum expected impact using different data sources.

Episode Timeline

IDAlertScoreDateDescription impactSource
1 0.5 30 Nov 2023 00:00 Minor impact for agricultural drought in 44270 km2 GDO
2 0.5 10 Dec 2023 00:00 Minor impact for agricultural drought in 55315 km2 GDO
3 0.5 20 Dec 2023 00:00 Minor impact for agricultural drought in 515100 km2 GDO
4 0.5 30 Dec 2023 00:00 Minor impact for agricultural drought in 101618 km2 GDO
5 0.5 10 Jan 2024 00:00 Minor impact for agricultural drought in 89943 km2 GDO
6 0.5 20 Jan 2024 00:00 Minor impact for agricultural drought in 101492 km2 GDO
7 0.5 30 Jan 2024 00:00 Minor impact for agricultural drought in 79497 km2 GDO
8 0.5 10 Feb 2024 00:00 Minor impact for agricultural drought in 79497 km2 GDO
9 0.5 20 Feb 2024 00:00 Minor impact for agricultural drought in 22275 km2 GDO
10 0.25 01 Mar 2024 00:00 Minor impact for agricultural drought in 22275 km2 GDO
11 0.25 10 Mar 2024 00:00 Minor impact for agricultural drought in 22275 km2 GDO
12 0.25 20 Mar 2024 00:00 Minor impact for agricultural drought in 22275 km2 GDO
13 0.75 30 Mar 2024 00:00 Minor impact for agricultural drought in 22275 km2 GDO
14 0.75 10 Apr 2024 00:00 Minor impact for agricultural drought in 22275 km2 GDO
15 0.75 20 Apr 2024 00:00 Minor impact for agricultural drought in 22275 km2 GDO
16 0.75 30 Apr 2024 00:00 Minor impact for agricultural drought in 22275 km2 GDO
17 1 10 May 2024 00:00 Medium impact for agricultural drought in 55774 km2 GDO
18 1 20 May 2024 00:00 Medium impact for agricultural drought in 98638 km2 GDO
19 1 30 May 2024 00:00 Medium impact for agricultural drought in 87685 km2 GDO
20 1 10 Jun 2024 00:00 Medium impact for agricultural drought in 143990 km2 GDO

Affected Countries

Country
Botswana
Namibia
South Africa


Affected ARU (Administrative Reporting Unit)

RDrI-Agri Name Country
- Medium Hardap Namibia
- Medium Karas Namibia
- High Kgalagadi Botswana
- High Northern Cape South Africa
- Medium Western Cape South Africa
- High Northern Cape South Africa

More information

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