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Event: DR Drought
Number: 2021-000022
Country: AFG Afghanistan
Date (YMD): 2021-3-16
Information Source:Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS), FEWS NET
Comments: During the second half of 2020, a moderate to strong La Niña phenomenon was registered that is causing extreme weather conditions in various parts of the world. This phenomenon, which affects temperatures, precipitation and storm patterns, is expected to continue at least until spring 2021, according to the World Meteorological Organization. In Afghanistan, this commonly results in below-average rainfall and snowfall across the country. The timing of this La Niña event coincides with the main wheat season with harvests in May-July 2021, which are critical following the lean season (January-April). The latest seasonal weather forecast suggests that Afghanistan has been experiencing below-normal rainfall from October 2020 through the first quarter of 2021. Such conditions are expected to continue through the first half of 2021 in the country according to forecasters.
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