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UNDRO 84/0795
BOTSWANA - DROUGHT
UNDRO SITREP NO. 1
09 APRIL 1984

1. BACKGROUND

GOVERNMENT OF BOTSWANA HAS REQUESTED UNDRO TO LAUNCH AN APPEAL FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE TO COPE WITH THE DROUGHT WHICH HAS AFFECTED THE COUNTRY FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS.

2. SITUATION

A) JANUARY, WHEN MOST WATER IS REQUIRED FOR CROPS, THE RAINFALL WAS ONLY 33 MM COMPARED TO THE USUAL 100 MM. VILLAGE BOREHOLES AND MANY RIVERS DRYING UP.

B) APPROXIMATELY ONE THIRD OF 2.85 MILLION LIVESTOCK WILL BE SERIOUSLY AFFECTED.