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

Event summary

The drought has lasted for 11 months. Drought indicators suggest anomalies typical of severe to extreme events.

GDACS ID DR 1012728
Name: Southern Africa-2018
Countries: Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa
Start Date: End of Oct 2018
Duration: 361 days
Impact: Medium impact for agricultural drought in 507390 km2
More info: Global Drought Observatory


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