IDPs in Toliary town_UNDP 2013
HIGHLIGHTS (as of 22 April 2013)
A prolonged dry spell in the southern half of the region has continued for over 2 months in some areas, resulting in crop yield reductions and dampened harvest expectations. This includes most of Botswana and Namibia and large parts of southern Angola, southern Zimbabwe, South Africa and Lesotho. Expected harvests in other parts of the region have also been compromised by erratic onset of rains, armyworm outbreaks, input distribution challenges, along with flooding and waterlogging. According to the latest seasonal rainfall forecast from the SADC Climate Services Centre, from April to June there is a likelihood of normal to below-normal rainfall over southern Malawi, western Mozambique, southern Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, the extreme south of Angola, Swaziland, Lesotho and the bulk of South Africa. The rest of the region has either a likelihood or a high likelihood of normal to above normal rainfall. Tropical Storm Imelda has formed over the southern Indian Ocean. It is not expected to affect any country over the forecast period, but will be closely monitored.