Overall Red alert Drought for Southern Africa-2018
in Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, 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, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Start Date: End of Oct 2018
Duration: 247 days
Impact: Severe impact for agricultural drought in 513440 km2
More info: Global Drought Observatory

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Articles: 233 | About casualties: 0 | Last hour: 0

a3 06232019-news-droughtSun, 23 Jun 2019 06:46:00 +0200.

“No,” she said. “What’s ‘rain’?” I slapped my forehead. Of course! It really has been that long since the South Island saw precipitation. For young people rain is just a fading memory, or perhaps the stuff of dubious legend like unicorns, p
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When the rain comes, will we be ready for it?Sun, 23 Jun 2019 05:09:00 +0200.

“No,” she said. “What’s ‘rain’?” I slapped my forehead. Of course! It really has been that long since the south Island saw precipitation. For young people rain is just a fading memory, or perhaps the stuff of dubious legend like unicorns, p
...(more)

AVREMO UN DESERTO E LO CHIAMEREMO ITALIA – “UN QUINTO D ... Fri, 21 Jun 2019 17:55:00 +0200.

desertificazione. Un quinto del territorio nazionale è a rischio desertificazione "a causa dei cambiamenti climatici con prolungati periodi di siccità, ma anche del progressivo consumo di suolo e della mancata valorizzazione dell’attività a

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2018 was 4th hottest on recordThu, 20 Jun 2019 06:07:00 +0200.

Weather extremes in 2018 included wildfires in California and Greece, drought in South Africa and floods in Kerala, India. Record levels of man-made greenhouse gas emissions, mainly from burning fossil fuels, trap ever more heat. Average gl
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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 (29), WMO (1), INFORM (2),