Southern Africa is facing a severe weather crisis due to the ongoing El Niño event. El Niño is a climate pattern characterized by unusually warm waters in the Pacific Ocean, which disrupts global weather patterns.

In Southern Africa, El Niño has led to below-average rainfall across much of the region, causing widespread drought conditions.

This has had a devastating impact on agriculture, leading to crop failures and food shortages. The drought has also exacerbated water scarcity, increasing the risk of disease outbreaks.

However, El Niño has also brought heavy rains and flooding to some parts of Southern Africa, particularly Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi, and Zambia. These floods have displaced thousands of people and caused damage to infrastructure.

The El Niño event is expected to dissipate by mid-2024, but its impacts will continue to be felt for months to come. Humanitarian organizations are working to provide assistance to those affected by the drought and floods.