Overall Orange alert Drought for Southern Africa-2018
in 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: Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Start Date: End of Oct 2018
Duration: 308 days
Impact: Medium impact for agricultural drought in 623881 km2
More info: Global Drought Observatory

GDACS Score

For more info on GDACS alert score click here.
Virtual OSOCC
Meteo assessment
Satellite products
Analytical products
Detailed event map. European Union, 2015. Map produced by EC-JRC.
The boundaries and the names shown on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the European Union.

Updates on volcanic activity (Smithsonian)

Latest media headlines

Articles: 348 | About casualties: 1 | Last hour: 0

Brazil: South America: Forest Fires: Information Bulletin no. 1Sun, 25 Aug 2019 02:47:00 +0200.

The situation. In recent years, forest fires have become an emerging and continuous danger in South America. These fires cause damage to the ecosystem, biodiversity, livelihoods with a strong impact on communities in these areas and others
...(more)
The Amazon fires: What’s causing them and what the impacts could beSat, 24 Aug 2019 19:47:00 +0200.

RIO DE JANEIRO — Fires have been breaking out at an unusual pace in Brazil this year, causing global alarm over deforestation in the Amazon region. The world’s largest rainforest is often called the “lungs of the earth.” Here’s a look at wh
...(more)
AP Explains: The causes and risks of the Amazon firesSat, 24 Aug 2019 14:00:00 +0200.

Meanwhile, large fires also have been burning in neighboring countries such as Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina. WHAT'S CAUSING THE FIRES? Paulo Moutinho, co-founder of the Amazon Environmental Research Institute, said this week that "it is
...(more)
Amazon rainforest fire: How did the Amazon fire start? How long has it ... Sat, 24 Aug 2019 10:37:00 +0200.

The Brazilian Amazon is ablaze as a record number of fires continue to ravage the vast rainforest. The Brazilian Army could be deployed to help tackle the vicious fires after the nation's government faced mounting international pressure to
...(more)

Estimated casualties (PAGER)

USGS estimates the number of casualties for each earthquake for the Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) product.
The graph shows the current fatalities estimate.

Exposed population

Analytical products

Analytical report

16/Aug/2019 10:47 UTC

Analytical report

31/Jul/2019 15:27 UTC

Analytical report

24/Jan/2019 09:37 UTC

Daily Maps:

29/Jan/2019 05:44 UTC

Data, images, links, services and documents

For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: (1), JRC (29), WMO (1), INFORM (2),