Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook October 16 – October 22, 2014

from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Published on 15 Oct 2014
  • Heavy rains in South Sudan resulted in flooding and localized landslides during the past two weeks.

  • Below-average rain was observed across bi-modal areas in West Africa.

1) Despite a seasonable return of precipitation during August, moisture deficits have persisted in northwestern Senegal. The delayed onset of the season in July has already resulted in deteriorated conditions and affected crops on the ground.

2) Since the beginning of September, poor rains have led to deteriorating crops and compromised planting activities throughout Rwanda. Above-average rains forecast for the next week will provide relief.

3) Consistent heavy rain during the past several months coupled with torrential rain during the last two weeks has led to flooding in the Jonglei and Eastern Equatoria states of South Sudan. The flooding has killed at least 10 people, displaced thousands and destroyed infrastructure. With additional heavy rain forecast, flooding is likely to continue during the next week.