Somalia Rain Watch - November 24, 2012
Light to moderate rains resumed in most parts of southern and central Somalia
Moderate Deyr rains fell across most of southern and central Somalia and across some parts of the northern regions between November 11 and 20 (Figure 1). In parts of Jowhar District in Middle Shabelle and Kurtunwary District in Lower Shabelle, localized floods were reported. In the northern regions, rains fell in a few areas, but most parts recorded little or no rain.
In the North, the Hawd, Adun, and Coastal Deeh pastoral livelihood zones received moderate rains. The Nugal Valley in Togdher and Sool Regions received light to moderate rains. Both field reports and satellite imagery rainfall estimates indicate that most of Sanag, Bari, Awdal, Waqooyi Galbeed, and parts of Nugal Region remained dry. In addition, most of the Nugal Valley, the Golis Mountains, and the Sool Plateau remained dry. Water and pasture conditions improved considerably in areas that received rain, and these conditions sustained normal, opportunistic livestock migration.
Three to four days of moderate intensity rains have continued in most of the cowpea belt, the Coastal Deeh and parts of Adun livelihood zones in Galgadud and Mudug Regions as well as most parts of Hiran Region. Rain gauges in Harardhere and Wisil (near Hobyo) in Mudug Region and Elder in Galgadud Region recorded 12.5 millimeters (mm), 20 mm, and 120 mm of rain, respectively, with three to five rainy days from November 11 to 20. These rains have also supported the establishment of the cowpea and sorghum crops. They have had a noticeable impact on pasture conditions and water replenishment in all water sources . In Hiran Region, rain gauges in Beletweyne, Jalalaqsi, and Halgan in Buloburte District recorded 37 mm, 41.8 mm, and 13 mm, respectively, with one to three rainy days. Rains have significantly improved crop establishment and pasture conditions and have replenished water sources. However, the Hawd and parts of Adun pastoral livelihood zones in Galgadud Region have reported poor rainfall performance.