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 2 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: 126 days
Impact: Medium impact for agricultural drought in 1434279 km2
More info: Global Drought Observatory


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24/Jan/2019 09:37 UTC

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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),