El Niño is a weather pattern that has been occurring over thousands of years, Scientists were able to trace it back as far as 13 000 years ago, by finding chemical components in coral, that are typical for seawater during el niño. It is believed that el Niño was the culprit of the 1876 famine in china and also partly responsible for the bad crop yields in Europe that helped trigger the French Revolution.
The drought had devastating effects on Namibia's water supply and thus to the local farming. The Dams that feed the Windhoek taps are nearly empty, the government declared a crisis situation.
Naturally everybody is relieved when the first drops fall onto the parched ground. The meteorologists predict an above average rainy season, but will it be enough? How much rain does the country need to be saved from the looming doom? Scientists say that even if we do have a good season this year, Namibia's population will still have to save water wherever possible, it will definitely take more than one good rainy season to fill the dams.