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Global Weather Hazards Summary: February 26 - March 3, 2016

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Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Significantly suppressed and poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since October has negatively affected many countries in southern Africa. Exacerbated by a poor rainfall seasonal performance last year, many consecutive weeks of inadequate rainfall has led to reduced water availability, permanently wilted crops, significantly reduced planted areas, livestock deaths, and other adverse conditions over many areas. Dwindling water in reservoirs is undermining power production. A severe drought is posted over portions of the Free State and North West Provinces of South Africa, as wilted and damaged crops were observed. A severe drought is also posted in Zimbabwe and central and southern portions of Mozambique, where persistently large rainfall deficits have already destroyed more than 40% of crops. Rapidly increasing moisture deficits have resulted in conditions consistent with drought across southern Madagascar and northern Namibia.