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South Africa's Rainfall Drops to Lowest in at Least 55 Years

  • Precipitation 35% below long-term average due to El Nino
  • Water restrictions in place in country's major cities

South Africa’s rainfall last year was the lowest since at least 1961, illustrating the severity of an El Nino weather pattern and the drought that’s devastating agricultural output.

Annual total rainfall was 403 millimeters (15.9 inches) in 2015, compared to the long-term average of 618 millimeters, the South African Weather Service said Wednesday in an e-mailed statement. Rainfall has been below the mean in each of the last four years.