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Drought is Having A Devastating Effect on South Africans

South Africa drought began in late October 2018, and is negatively affecting food security in the region. The drought has continued into 2019, as multiple regions in Southern Africa have seen significantly reduced levels of rainfall. As of mid-August 2019, the drought is classified as a level 2 Red-Class event by the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

Paul van Wyk, a small scale farmer, kneels down in a cracked bed of a water pan in Vosburg, South Africa. The worst drought some farmers have seen in decades is affecting much of southern Africa. The United Nations says more than 11 million people now face crisis levels of food insecurity.Photography: AP Photo/Denis Farrell.
Vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Photography: Werner du Plessis / @werner01 / Unsplash.com
A maize plant is seen at a field in Hoopstad, a maize-producing district in the Free State province, South Africa. Photography: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko.
Children share a meal they received from a government sponsored feeding scheme at the Delta Primary School in Vosburg, South Africa. The worst drought some farmers have seen in decades is affecting much of southern Africa. Photography: AP Photo/Denis Farrell.
Fika-Patso dam wall near Qwaqwa, in the Freestate. The area is experiencing the worst drought in modern history. Photography: Alaister Russell/The Sunday Times.
Children share a meal they received from a government sponsored feeding scheme at the Delta Primary School in Vosburg, South Africa. The worst drought some farmers have seen in decades is affecting much of southern Africa. Photography: AP Photo/Denis Farrell.
Children carry a dead lamb belonging to small scale farmer Gertruida Buffel in Vosburg, South Africa. The worst drought some farmers have seen in decades is affecting much of southern Africa. The United Nations says more than 11 million people now face crisis levels of food insecurity. Photography: AP Photo/Denis Farrell.
A cow is seen near a dry river outside Utrecht, a small town in the northwest of KwaZulu-Natal. Photography: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko.
Commercial sheep farmer Louis van der Merwe stands among donated bales of hay on his farm in Vosburg, South Africa. Van der Merwe has lost more than 400 hundred sheep in the past two years because of the worst drought he has seen in his 45 years of farming. Photography: AP Photo/Denis Farrell.
Small scale farmer Gertruida Buffel feeds a serving lamb at her home in Vosburg, South Africa. For two weeks Buffel had fed her two tiny lambs a mixture of ground meal and water after their mother had died of hunger with only one surviving. The worst drought some farmers have seen in decades is affecting much of southern Africa. Photography: AP Photo/Denis Farrell.
The Theewaterskloof dam, which supplies most of Cape Town’s potable water is seen from above near Villiersdorp , South Africa. Photography: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings.
Small scale farmers gather at a broken windmill where they have to pump underground water in Vosburg, South Africa. The worst drought some farmers have seen in decades is affecting much of southern Africa. Photography: AP Photo/Denis Farrell.

The Gift of the Givers Drought Intervention Convoy entering drought-stricken Graaff Reinet, a town in the Eastern Cape Province of SouthAfrica with much needed water supplies. Photography: The Gift of the Givers.

Workers are packed into the back of a farmers pickup truck in Vosburg, South Africa, where they have been offered a day’s work to earn some money. The worst drought some farmers have seen in decades is affecting much of southern Africa. Photography: AP Photo/Denis Farrell.
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