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THE SADC region is bracing itself for the effects of the expected El Niño phenomenon.
El Niño, which distorts sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean causing them to rise, usually brings early spring rains, complete with thunderstorms and hail, as is now happening in many countries in the region.
In South Africa although government, weather experts and farmers say they are preparing for a bad farming season, it appears the impact of El Niño on the economy is still unclear.
Information Update from WFP Regional Office
for Southern Africa
This is the second in a series of information updates provided on a
fortnightly basis by the WFP Regional Office (but the first to be
forwarded to WFP Emergency Report recipients). Please note that the WFP
Regional Office coverage is Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique,
Zambia and Zimbabwe. Information received by Swaziland has also been
included in this report.
I. El Nino Overview:
The El Nino index continues to show a negative pattern similar to
El Niño-Southern Oscillation
Mildred Mulenga PANA Staff Correspondent