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

Event summary

The drought has lasted for 8 months. Drought indicators suggest anomalies typical of severe to extreme events.

GDACS ID DR 1012728
Name: Southern Africa-2018
Countries: Angola, Botswana, Congo, DRC, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Start Date: End of Oct 2018
Duration: 459 days
Impact: Severe impact for agricultural drought in 1101717 km2
More info: Global Drought Observatory


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Drought situation is under control: Professor Mthuli NcubeWed, 22 Jan 2020 11:53:00 +0100.

By ZBC Reporter THE MINISTER of Finance and Economic Development has assured the international community that the drought situation in the country is under control as the government is putting in place measures to avert its effects by impor
Climate change is likely to pose significant threats to 'vulnerable' c ... Wed, 22 Jan 2020 07:18:00 +0100.

by Steve Mewes, Policy and Campaigns Manager of Somerset Wildlife Trust and part of the Adapting The Levels Team. The damaging consequences of climate change are now being felt around the world, most recently in the Australian fires and Ind
Australia fires: A visual guide to the bushfire crisisTue, 21 Jan 2020 18:57:00 +0100.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands of homes have been lost, including this property near Buchan in Victoria. Record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought have fuelled a series of massive bushfires across Austr
Platypuses at risk of extinctionMon, 20 Jan 2020 19:38:00 +0100.

Australia's severe drought and other climate change effects are driving the native platypus towards extinction, researchers warn. With rivers drying up, many platypuses are becoming stranded and a new study led by University of New South Wa

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