Southern Africa Region – Drought

Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi are some of the most drought affected Southern Africa countries having received less than 20% of the typical rainfall expected during the last season. The poor rains have been attributed to the on-going El Niño Southern Oscillation effects (World Weather Attribution).

On 23rd March 2024, Malawi government declared a state of emergency in 23 out of 28 drought affected districts (afrinews) , in Zimbabwe on 4th April 2024 the president of Zimbabwe declared the drought situation in Zimbabwe to be a national disaster (BBC) while in Zambia and the drought was also declared a national disaster on 29th February 2024 as 84 out of 116 districts nationally have been affected (afrinews) by drought induced El Nino effects.

ACT Forum members in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia are planning to respond to the people affected by drought.

SAF 241 Drought Response