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

Event summary

The drought has lasted for 9 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, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Start Date: End of Oct 2018
Duration: 417 days
Impact: Medium impact for agricultural drought in 1288962 km2
More info: Global Drought Observatory

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Latest media headlines

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Zimbabwe drought sees people, animals and tourist attractions sufferWed, 11 Dec 2019 02:31:00 +0100.

Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst drought in years, with poor rains and erratic weather patterns impacting harvests and iconic wildlife and attractions across the country, and worsening livelihoods.Victoria Falls, which draws roughly one m
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The Global Climate increases risk in southern AfricaWed, 11 Dec 2019 01:13:00 +0100.

A new report on The Global Climate has identified significant changes in climate in the last five years since 2015, including in southern Africa, suggesting a renewed threat of climate change impacts and variability. The report by the World
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La crisi climatica è anche una crisi dei diritti dei bambini HuffPostTue, 10 Dec 2019 15:57:00 +0100.

503 milioni di bambini vivono in zone ad altissimo rischio di inondazioni a causa di eventi meteorologici estremi. In 160 milioni vivono in zone con alti livelli di siccità. Entro il 2040, 1 bambino su 4 vivrà in zone di estremo stress idri
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La crisi climatica è anche una crisi dei diritti dei bambiniTue, 10 Dec 2019 14:49:00 +0100.

503 milioni di bambini vivono in zone ad altissimo rischio di inondazioni a causa di eventi meteorologici estremi. In 160 milioni vivono in zone con alti livelli di siccità. Entro il 2040, 1 bambino su 4 vivrà in zone di estremo stress idri
...(more)

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