South Africa Suffers Driest Year on Record in 2015

South Africa suffered its driest year on record in 2015, the national weather service said on Thursday, as a drought that has threatened the vital maize crop and hit economic growth showed no sign of abating.

Average rainfall was 403 mm, about a third less than the 608 mm annual average and the driest since records began in 1904, the service added.

The agricultural sector is being hammered by weeks of heat waves that have scorched grazing land, forcing livestock owners to kill or sell animals.

http://news.yahoo.com/south-africa-weather-says-2015-driest-record-103054890.html

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