The Drought

Swaziland and South African countries are experiencing the worst drought in history.

StarAfrica, March 16

“Following the suspension of local power generation due to lack of water, Swaziland is now importing 100 percent of its electricity from South Africa and Mozambique, Natural Resources and Energy Minister Jabulile Mashwama said Wednesday.”

Times of Swaziland, Feb. 22

“First livestock, now people die from hunger.”

The Swazi Observer, Feb. 22

“E815.5 million drought relief towards agriculture and food security.”

The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 24

“Severe Droughts Leave Africans Hungry and Desperate”

Reuters, Sept. 29

“The current El Nino weather phenomenon is expected to peak between October and January and could turn into one of the strongest on record, experts have said. This could bring drier conditions to southern Africa, which is already suffering from drought.”

TIME, Oct. 1

“It happens approximately every seven or eight years, and is expected to peak between October this year and January next year. The last severe disruption occurred in 1997 and 1998. Across the world, climate change’s and El Niño’s effects on the rainy season have already begun to reduce harvest yields.”

The Red Cross, Oct. 5

“…the worst is yet to come. The El Niño climate phenomenon, characterized by a warming in the Pacific Ocean, is set to strengthen over the coming months and persist into 2016. When El Niño occurs, rainfall patterns shift, increasing the risk of extreme weather events. The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre predicts a higher likelihood of flood conditions developing in equatorial Africa, and increased risk of drought in parts of southern Africa and the Sahel region.”