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Seasonal rainfall totals for the 2021-22 season are below normal in central parts of the region, south-western Madagascar, and south-western Angola. Crops in central parts of the region were negatively affected by dry conditions in February and early March, with reports of crop losses due to permanent wilting.
After dry conditions in central parts of the region in February and early March, rainfall improved slightly in mid-March, but remained overall below normal.
The region was hit by a series of five tropical storms and cyclones, affecting Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The cyclones brought many adverse impacts, and over 200,000 hectares of crops were destroyed in Mozambique.
The rainfall season in main maize-growing areas of South Africa performed well, with favourable rainfall received for much of the season.
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.