Burkina Faso + 8 more

Weather Hazards Impacts Assessment for Africa: August 2 - 8, 2007


  • After dry conditions across parts of the Sahel, a week of heavy rains causes scattered flooding from Ethiopia to Senegal. Localized damage to crops and infrastructure is likely in many areas.

- Dry conditions remain a concern in several areas, despite the week of excessive rainfall. Lake Volta remains below normal as areas upstream continue to face moisture deficits.

1) Long term dryness in eastern Kenya is the result of the poor March to May rainy season. The lack of rainfall negatively impacted crops, pasture, and drinking water supplies.

2) Early season dryness has given way to excessive rainfall across Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, and Ghana. Lake Volta remains below normal; however last weeks very heavy rainfall will help to improve lake levels, drinking water levels, pasture and possibly revive stressed crops.

3) Flooding in eastern Sudan, including the Khartoum area has spread eastward into nearby parts of Ethiopia. Additional rainfall is expected in these areas during the coming week, which could aggravate conditions.