Feb 12, 2016

Drought caused by El Nino threatening southern Africa: UN

Zimbabwe
Malawi
Zambia
South Africa
Mozambique
Botswana
Madagascar
by
Phys.org

The El Nino weather phenomenon, one of the worst in 50 years, has caused intense drought in southern Africa that will have a "devastating" impact on the region's food security, the UN food agency warned on Friday.

Across large parts of Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, and Madagascar, the rainfall season has so far been the driest in the last 35 years, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report.

The region's "intense drought... has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Nino events of the last 50 years"