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25 Jan 2018 description

Headline: Heatwave and Heat Spells persistency in northern and southern parts of the SADC Region during the period of 24 - 29 January 2018

Very high to extremely high temperatures have been experienced by most countries in the southern part of the SADC region, namely; Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, northern DRC, southern Mozambique, eastern Swaziland, southwestern Zimbabwe and southern fringes of Zambia.

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23 Jan 2018 description

Headline: Heatwave and Heat Spells over southern parts of the SADC Region

Very high to extremely high temperatures have been experienced by most countries in the southern part of the SADC region, namely; Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, southern Mozambique, Swaziland and some parts of Lesotho.

13 Apr 2015 description


  • The southern African summer monsoon continued to be very active in the northern part of DRC, Island States and on the vicinity of eastern parts of SADC region.

  • The region received mostly normal to below normal rain-fall conditions;

  • Normal to above normal rain-fall conditions were observed over DRC, Tanzania, northern Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles;

  • During March 2015, a favor-able distribution in rainfall was observed across western sub-region.

11 Mar 2015 description


•The austral summer monsoon continues to be very active over Indian Ocean and in the vicinity of eastern parts of continental SADC.

•The region received: normal rainfall conditions over the easternmost parts of contiguous SADC mostly covered by Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

•Significant drier-than-normal conditions continued to occur over the western and southern parts of conterminous SADC.

05 Dec 2014 description


  • The season started slowly with a delays over most parts of the region. A delay of one or two dekad(s) was observed.

  • Over eastern part of the region covering the southern DRC, Zambia, Zimbabwe, the southern Mozambique and northern part of South Africa was drier than normal.

  • Some wet spots were observed during this period, spreading over eastern DRC, west and south of Tanzania, central Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.

05 Nov 2013 description
  1. The Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security is elated to announce that following the Declaration of the Cessation of refugee status with regard to Angolan refugees issued on the 1st July 2013, the repatriation exercise has been smoothly ongoing. The Government of Botswana have been in collaboration with the Government of Angola, UNHCR and other relevant partners to proactively pursue all feasible measures to facilitate the repatriation of affected Angolan refugees to their home country in safety and dignity.

30 Aug 2013 description

Amongst all vulnerable populations served by Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS), various reports have indicated that a significant number of children living at the Dukwi Refugee Camp are orphans and vulnerable children. BRCS has been providing health care and psychosocial support to this disadvantaged group, equipping them with recreational and life skills since 2001. To date, there are 3,500 refugees of different nationalities dwelling in the camp of which the majorities are from Zimbabwe, Uganda Namibia, Angola, Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.

15 Aug 2013 description

Government has given Angolans refugees in the country until the end of October this year to have all repatriated to their country.

A statement from the Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security says the move is consequent to the government’s decision to terminate their refugee status as of July 1, 2013.

The decision follows the fundamental changes that have taken place in Angola since the end of the civil war, which makes it possible for Angolan refugee remaining in exile to return home.

29 Jul 2013 description

Government has declared 2013/14 a drought year following an assessment. The food insecure rural population is estimated at 372,479 (49% of the rural population), 18.4% of the total population .
Government is planning to undertake a number of interventions.

20 Mar 2013 description

1) Since the beginning of the year, several consecutive weeks of below-average rainfall has worsened ground conditions and negatively impacted cropping activities and livestock throughout northern Namibia and southern Angola. Many local areas have experienced less than half of their normal rainfall accumulation since January. With little to no rain forecast during the upcoming outlook period, relief is unlikely as the seasonal rains weaken during March.

06 May 2010 description

At least twenty villages in Botswana were evacuated and some 200 families displaced after the Okavango River, fourth largest of Africa, burst its banks in the past days, reaching unprecedented levels. As already occurred in the past during the rain season between March and June, the river flooded in the homonymous northern district where it empties into a vast swamp in the Kalahari desert, irrigating an area of over 16,000sq/km (Okavango Delta). Local authorities mobilised to avoid the spread of water-borne diseases, but a further rise of water levels may hamper operations.

06 Oct 2004 description

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 6 October (IRIN) - The UN's refugee agency, UNHCR in Botswana will begin registering Angolan refugees willing to return home this week, a senior official of the UN's refugee agency told IRIN on Tuesday.

"Two Angolan refugee leaders returned from a go-and-see mission to Lumbala N'guimbo [in the eastern province of Moxico] and [the city of] Huambo [in the central province of Huambo] last week, which is why we are proceeding with the registration this week," said Benny Otim, …