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Rainfall foecast for 2018/19 season, issue #5

  • Seasonal Monitor
  • Southern Africa
  • April 24, 2019
Rainfall foecast for 2018/19 season, issue #5

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  • Key Messages
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    Key Messages
    • The 2018/2019 season was the driest since at least 1981 in central and western parts of the region. The drought resulted in crop failure, reduced forage, and poor water availability.

    • A delayed and erratic onset of rains, mid-season dry spells, and early cessation of rains in several parts of the region have contributed to poor crop production expectations in many areas.

    • Tropical Cyclone Idai brought strong winds and heavy rains to Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, resulting in fatalities and severe damage, most significantly in Mozambique.

    • Rainfall performance in a few north-eastern areas has resulted in good harvest prospects there.

    • National crop production assessments are currently underway, and will help to quantify the impacts of the 2018/2019 seasonal performance on food availability.

    FEWS NET’s Seasonal Monitor reports are produced for Central America and the Caribbean, West Africa, East Africa, Central Asia, and Somalia every 10-to-30 days during the region’s respective rainy season(s). Seasonal Monitors report updates on weather events (e.g., rainfall patterns) and associated impacts on ground conditions (e.g., cropping conditions, pasture and water availability), as well as the short-term rainfall forecast. Find more remote sensing information here.

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