Zimbabwe – A government official revealed on Wednesday, that the country will likely to experience an El Nino phase, which will result in erratic rainfall during the 2018/19 farming season.
This will be the second drought for the country in three years, following an El Nino-induced drought in 2016 that left a quarter of the rural population in need of food aid.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, Grace Mutandiro, said: “The 2018/19 rainfall season is pointing towards an El Nino phase.
“El Nino is associated with above-average warming of the surface temperature of the Pacific Ocean and in most years is usually associated with reduced rainfall activity over the sub-region.
“We are informed by science that approximately 62 per cent of El Nino phases have resulted in below-normal rainfall in Zimbabwe, leaving us with less than 40 per cent chance of good rains during this coming season.”