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21 Nov 2019 description

Heavy rain prompts river flooding in parts of Africa, while South Africa and Lesotho remain dry

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Elevated river levels in the Congo River Basin have caused flooding along the border of Congo and DRC.

  2. Several weeks of heavy rainfall have raised river levels in central and western Uganda, triggering floods.

  3. Above-average rainfall over the past couple of months has raised water levels in the Nile River and its tributaries, causing floods in Sudan and South Sudan.

18 Nov 2019 description

Highlights

  • Pasture and water for livestock are in a poor state in some areas due to recurrent droughts

  • Seasonal forecasts indicate enhanced chances of below average seasonal rainfall totals, raising concerns on the backdrop of the severe drought of the 2018/19 season.

  • Most parts of the region received near-normal rainfall through early November

  • Short term forecasts suggest an improvement of rainfall through-mid November in several countries, which may result in a timely onset in some areas.

14 Nov 2019 description

Delayed rainfall sustains dryness in Southern Africa, while flooding is likely to continue across East Africa

  1. Heavy rainfall triggered flooding in Accra, Ghana last week.

  2. Rising water levels in the Ubangui River triggered flooding along the river basin into northern and western DRC 3. Heavy rainfall during the past couple of months has significantly raised water levels in the Nile River and its tributaries in Sudan and South Sudan triggering floods.

07 Nov 2019 description

Southern Africa observes a poor start to the rainy season, while high flood risk persists across East Africa

  1. Heavy rainfall triggered flooding in Accra, Ghana last week.

  2. Rising water levels in the Ubangui River triggered flooding along the river basin into northern and western DRC 3. Heavy rainfall during the past couple of months has significantly raised water levels in the Nile River and its tributaries in Sudan and South Sudan triggering floods.

31 Oct 2019 description

Heavy rainfall triggers flooding in parts of Central and East Africa

  1. Heavy rainfall was reported in northern Ghana and bordering areas of Burkina Faso.

  2. The Ubangui River has triggered flooding along the river basin into northern and western Democratic Republic of Congo last week.

  3. Flooding will continue this week due to saturated ground conditions and continued rainfall in the Afar region of Ethiopia, eastern South Sudan, and the border of Ethiopia and Sudan.

24 Oct 2019 description

Considerable flooding continues across East and West Africa

  1. Heavy rainfall was reported in northern Ghana and bordering areas of Burkina Faso.

  2. The Logone River in northern Cameroon has flooded and continued rain expected next week is likely to maintain high water levels.

  3. Northern South Sudan has reported flooding from high river levels accumulating from parts of Sudan and Ethiopia.

17 Oct 2019 description

Parts of Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia receive heavy rainfall as flooding continues in Senegal

  1. Senegal has experienced significant flooding over the past two weeks. Belowaverage rainfall is forecast next week and is likely to reduce the risk for continued flooding.

  2. Flooding continues in central Nigeria. Heavy rainfall is expected next week.

  3. Heavy rainfall is expected in parts of Sudan next week, maintaining a high risk for flooding.

11 Sep 2019 description

The Regional Supply and Market Outlook report provides a summary of regional staple food availability, surpluses and deficits during the current marketing year, projected price behavior, implications for local and regional commodity procurement, and essential market monitoring indicators. To learn more about typical market conditions in Southern Africa, readers are invited to explore the Southern Africa Regional Maize Market Fundamentals Summary.

02 May 2019 description

Northern Mozambique remains at risk for flooding following heavy rainfall from Tropical Cyclone Kenneth

  1. Seasonal rainfall deficits since October have resulted in significant dryness across Angola, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

  2. Continued below-average rainfall and high temperatures have strengthened dryness in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania.

  3. Tropical Cylcone Kenneth made landfall over northern Mozambique last week. Heavy flooding is expected to persist into early may with continued rainfall.

25 Apr 2019 description

Tropical Cyclone Kenneth expected to make landfall over northern coast of Mozambique

  1. Seasonal rainfall deficits since October have resulted in significant dryness across Angola, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

  2. Continued below-average rainfall and high temperatures have strengthened dryness in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania.

  3. Tropical Cylcone Kenneth is expected to make landfall in northern Mozambique early next week. Heavy rainfall and flooding are possible in parts of Mozambique and Tanzania.

25 Apr 2019 description

Highlights

  • The 2018/2019 season was the driest since at least 1981 in central and western parts of the region.
    The drought resulted in crop failure, reduced forage, and poor water availability.

  • A delayed and erratic onset of rains, mid-season dry spells, and early cessation of rains in several parts of the region have contributed to poor crop production expectations in many areas.

06 Apr 2019 description

Widespread drought and flooding from Cyclone Idai drive high assistance needs through early 2020

04 Apr 2019 description

Droughts persist in southern Africa as rainfall deficits increase over dry areas of the Greater Horn

  1. Seasonal rainfall deficits since October have resulted in significant dryness across Angola, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

  2. Below-average rainfall since mid-February combined with high temperatures, have strengthened moisture deficits in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.

29 Mar 2019 description

Most parts of the region expecting poor harvest due to poor rainfall performance or flooding March 2019

Key Messages

28 Mar 2019 description
  1. Seasonal rainfall deficits since October have resulted in significant dryness across Angola, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

  2. Tropical cyclone Idai has caused flooding in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Less rain is forecast next week though additional rainfall could extend flooding.

  3. Below-average rainfall since mid-February and high temperatures, have caused dryness in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.

21 Mar 2019 description

Tropical cyclone Idai causes heavy flooding in Mozambique and Zimbabwe

  1. Significantly below average rainfall since October has caused widespread dryness in southern Africa. Long-term dryness persists in Angola, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

  2. Tropical cyclone Idai has caused widespread flooding in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Above-average rainfall is expected to continue into next week, sustaining flood risk in already affected areas.

  3. Below-average rainfall since mid-February has caused dryness in Ethiopia.

14 Mar 2019 description

Tropical cyclone Idai poses flood risks in Mozambique and Malawi, while parts of southern Africa remain dry

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Significantly below average rainfall since October has caused widespread dryness in southern Africa. Long-term dryness persists in Angola, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

  2. Since January, below-average rainfall has sustained dryness in western Madagascar.

  3. Tropical cyclone Idai is forecast to bring another week of heavy rainfall to Mozambique and Malawi.

07 Mar 2019 description

Dryness continues in parts of southern Africa, while heavy rainfall is expected in Mozambique and Malawi

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Significantly below average rainfall since October has caused widespread dryness in southern Africa. Drought continues in Namibia and Angola.

  2. Since late January, below-average seasonal rainfall has resulted in dryness across Mozambique and Madagascar.

  3. There is a high flood risk in Malawi and Mozambique as heavy rainfall is forecast early next week.

28 Feb 2019 description

Poor rainfall since late January strengthens dryness across southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Significantly below average rainfall since October has caused significant dryness in southern Africa. Dry spells continue in Namibia and Angola.

  2. Below-average rainfall since Nobember has caused drought in South Africa, though there has been recent moisture improvement.

  3. Since late January, below average seasonal rainfall has caused abnormal dryness in parts of Madagascar and Mozambique.

21 Feb 2019 description

Drought strengthens in parts of Angola and Namibia

  1. Significantly below average rainfall since October has caused significant dryness in southern Africa. Dry spells continue in Namibia and Angola.

  2. Below-average rainfall since November has caused drought in South Africa, though there has been recent moisture improvement.

Africa Overview