Study Shows Severe Droughts Hit SADC Every 2-3 Years
A recent study by the Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC) has indicated that the SADC region is hit by droughts every two (2) to three (3) years.
The rate is five times higher than the droughts that were experienced in the region around 1980.
Neto Nengomasha, a senior research coordinator at Sardc, told journalists at a virtual media workshop on Reporting Disasters in the SADC region, that weather events such as droughts and cyclone-induced storms have increased by more than a third this decade. He said:
Severe drought now strikes the SADC region every two to three years as from the year 2010 compared to the 1970s and 1980s when droughts occurred at least after every ten years while floods rarely occurred.
In the 2000s the frequency of drought increased to between four and five years. Tropical cyclones and floods picked up. Tropical cyclones are increasing as well and at least 3 cyclones have already occurred in the 2020/21 rainfall season. Cyclone Chalane in December 2020, Eloise in January and Guambe in February 2021.
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Drought is one of the natural disasters causing food insecurity in southern Africa widening poverty levels in the region.
These natural disasters are attributed to climate change which is blamed on industrial activities mainly by developed countries.
World actors have for the past decade been holding meetings on how to address climate change and going green was identified as one of the best ways to address the issue.
Despite the observation that reducing emissions would save thousands of lives and tens to hundreds of billions of dollars per year in avoided economic losses, some powerful states have not been willing to commit to the cause.
While it is a fact that developed countries contribute much to climate change, it is also true that developing states are the ones that usually bear the brunt as they do not have enough resources to cushion themselves from the effects of climate change.
More: The Herald