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

Event summary

The drought has lasted for 12 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, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Start Date: End of Oct 2018
Duration: 397 days
Impact: Medium impact for agricultural drought in 1693316 km2
More info: Global Drought Observatory


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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: (1), JRC (30), WMO (1), INFORM (2),