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04 Mar 2015 description


• In the early stages (October-November) of the 2014-2015 growing season in Southern Africa significant rainfall deficits and delayed starts to the season were noted in the border areas of Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The crop growing regions of eastern South Africa and Madagascar were also affected. In contrast, Tanzania, Namibia, Angola and Botswana enjoyed a good start of the season.

28 Feb 2015 description

Below-average rainfall worsens pastoral conditions in the south


  • Even though there was improvement in rainfall frequency, the cumulative rainfall in the central and south-central region is still below average. Additionally, in much of the southern region vegetation appears to be deteriorating and water for animals is decreasing. This might prove to be detrimental to pastoralists that choose not to move their animals earlier this season.

27 Feb 2015 description

Dryness continues across much of southern Africa, flooding risks remain over Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since mid-December, consistently heavy rainfall has occurred over southern Malawi and central/ northern Mozambique. Above-average rain forecast for the next week will keep flooding risks elevated. 2 Poorly distributed rainfall has resulted in mid-season dryness across eastern Botswana, northern South Africa, central/southern Mozambique, and central/southern Zimbabwe. Dryness is forecast to continue next week.

23 Feb 2015 description

Lubango - Huíla Provincial Directorate of Social Welfare (Minars) distributed in 2014, at least 1.6 million tons of various food to 296,729 people affected by drought in the province of Huila.

According to an annual report of the institution that reached ANGOP, food consisted 148,000 tons delivered to the people Quilengues, 543,751 of Lubango, 96,800 of Humpata, 80,766 Quipungo and 97,425 of Matala.

It also included 323,782 tons for the people of Gambos, 68,769 of Jamba, 82,168 of Chipindo, 95,973 of Chibia, 80,370 of Chicomba and 79,850 of Cacula.

20 Feb 2015 description

Rainfall deficits expected to worsen in South Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

13 Feb 2015 description

Flooding risks continue over Madagascar and northern Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

11 Feb 2015 description

Tropical Storm Fundi brought torrential rains to Madagascar.

Below-average rains deepen rainfall deficits in Angola and Namibia.

06 Feb 2015 description

Flooding risks continue in southeastern Africa; dryness remains in Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and South Africa

06 Feb 2015 description

Cubal - At least 25, 350 hectares of various products were destroyed due to the lack of rains in 2014/2015 agricultural season, in Cubal, southern Benguela province.

The president of the National Association of Angolan Peasants - Unaca, Teodora Manuel Dias, said so Friday to Angop.

Teodora Dias said that the lack of rain, for more than 50 days, has affected the potentially agricultural areas of the municipalities of Yambala and Capupa.

04 Feb 2015 description

- Heavy rains are forecast for already saturated areas around the Mozambique Channel.

- Widespread moderate rain was observed across southern Africa during the past week.

31 Jan 2015 description

Low cereal supplies and higher than normal prices in the south

Key Messages

  • The agricultural season is progressing normally and rainfall is consistent in most of the country, however cumulative rainfall to-date in the high production areas in the central and south-central region is slightly below average. Rainfall deficits have also increased in the southern region in recent weeks. Vegetation conditions appear to be good, but are expected to deteriorate if this rainfall pattern continues.

30 Jan 2015 description

Additional rainfall expected in flood-affected parts of southeastern Africa, dryness continues in Angola

28 Jan 2015 description

Sumbe - At least 47,298 people affected by drought in 2014 in the province of Kwanza Sul, received support in various goods from the local department of Social Welfare.

According to a report of that institution made available to ANGOP, about 332,939 tons of food were channeled to 12 returnees, 297 vulnerable people in extreme poverty, 74 with disabilities with means of locomotion and other 184 inserted into the working generation projects and income for over 200 families.

28 Jan 2015 description

Suppressed seasonal rains over southeastern Africa expected to provide relief to saturated ground conditions.

Mid-seasonal dry spells experienced throughout several parts of Angola, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.

28 Jan 2015 description

Lubango - Shortage of rains in some regions of southern Huila province might affect production in the 2014/2015 agricultural season.

This was said by the head of Department of the Agrarian Development Institute (IDA) in the region, Nguinamau Luzayawo.

The official was speaking during a meeting with the heads of municipal Agrarian Development Station (EDA), as part of the evaluation of the first phase of the ongoing agricultural season.

24 Jan 2015 description

Flooding remains likely in southeastern Africa during the next week

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Although average rains fell over the Greater Horn of Africa in late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October-December rainy season, combined with an erratic distribution of rains, has resulted in poor ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia.

22 Jan 2015 description

Sumbe - The lack of rains in the last days is hampering the harvest of bean and maize in Quibala municipality, central Cuanza Sul province, a situation that worries the small farmers in that region, Angop has learnt on Wednesday.

According to a few peasants, the family agricultural fields, plantations of bean, peanut and maize are getting dry.

To the peasant Manuel José António, if the situation prevails, the collection harvest of maize, bean and cassava will be compromised and food crisis will affect the population again.

16 Jan 2015 description

Heavy rainfall may lead to flooding in southeastern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Although average rains fell over the Greater Horn of Africa in late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October-December rainy season, combined with an erratic distribution of rains, has resulted in poor ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia.

31 Dec 2014 description
  • Heavy rains brought needed moisture to dry areas in eastern southern Africa.
  • Moderate to heavy rains were observed around Lake Victoria in Uganda and Kenya.
24 Dec 2014 description
  • Needed rainfall was observed across previously dry areas in southern Africa.
  • Dry conditions prevailed across eastern Africa.

1) Although good rains were observed over the Greater Horn of Africa during late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October- December rainy season combined with an erratic distribution of rains during the season had already negatively impacted ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia. As the season is coming to an end, a recovery is unlikely.