The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region recorded the lowest annual rainfall since 1981 in the 2018-19 rainy season.
A report by the SADC Food Security Early Warning System Agromet revealed that a greater part of the region experienced a severe rainfall deficit. It said:
Many parts of southern Angola, northern and southern Botswana, northern Namibia, north-western South Africa, southern and western Zambia and north-western Zimbabwe received their lowest seasonal (October-March) rainfall totals since at least 1981.
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However, some parts of the region received good rainfall for the greater part of the season.
These include northern Malawi, northern Mozambique, parts of Tanzania, and north-eastern Zambia.
The rainfall, coupled with cyclones which affected Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi have put millions of people across the region at risk of starvation.