What drought looks like

During our two-day drive we passed through areas qualified as Region 5, meaning the most dry and hottest areas, and it saddened me to see the effects of a drought. Along the way we would cross bridges where you could tell there had been a stream or a river, and all of them were completely dried up. Out of the at least 30-40 we passed, only one of them still had water. Around us there were endless areas with thousands of trees, but they all looked dry, gray and sad. It is one thing to be out in a community where you, also, clearly can see the lack of water and the effects it has on that community, but to be driving for two days, for hundreds of kilometers, and everything you see around you is dry, dry and more dry…it just doesn’t seem right.

As we have only been driving the last few days, and haven’t been out on field visits or anything more ‘exciting’ to share, I’d like to just try to give you an impression of what it looks like. These are photos from the different places we have been, and although it doesn’t nearly capture the extent of this drought and the challenges it gives, it can still somewhat give an impression of the conditions.

This area in Makoni is intended for production, but without water nothing will grow.

Some areas have more ground water than others (as you can see by the trees), but even there it is drying up.

On our way north this was mostly all we saw.

Matopos national park after the wildfire. When we were there, smoke was still coming from a few spots.

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