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Drought in Southeast Africa
based on data provided by Matthew C. Hansen, University of Maryland
Africa may be facing food shortages as dry soils in December and early
January choked summer crops. Northeastern South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland
have received less than 50 % of the normal rainfall. Parts of Mozambique,
Zimbabwe, and Malawi reported 50-80 % less rain this season than average.
Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, and Botswana have also been plagued with dry weather.
This Normalized Difference Vegetation Index image made from data collected by
the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) shows the extent of
the drought. The image compares the amount of vegetation on the ground during
the first sixteen days of Jan. 2004 to an average of ground vegetation for
the same period during 2001, 2002, and 2003.