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Weather Hazards Impacts Assessment for Africa: June 7 - 13, 2007


  • Rainfall remains abundant across the western portions of the Lake Victoria basin and further northward into southern portions of Sudan and portions of outhern and eastern Ethiopia. In west Africa, early season rains have benefited an area stretching from eastern Burkina Faso to southern Chad.

- The failure of the Long Season rains has left eastern Kenya in a drought. Meanwhile short term dryness has impacted northern Ethiopia, southern Eritrea, much of Djibouti and sections of Somalia.

1) Despite some minor relief in eastern Kenya, including flooding along the coast, severe drought conditions remain. The drought is a result of the failure of the 2007 Long Rains.

2) Some rainfall across northern portions of Somalia during the last week improved conditions. However, dry conditions may be hampering pastures in the area.

3) Seasonal rains have been erratic over parts of southern Somalia, possibly stressing crops. Rainfall has been plenty enough to provide sufficient pasture.

4) Rainfall has been below average across Djibouti, Ethiopia's Afar region and eastern Eritrea during the past few months. Conditions have also been dry in the Belg areas of Ahmara and Tigray in Ethiopia.

5) Well distributed rainfall has benefited a region from Burundi and Rwanda around Lake Victoria into Uganda, southern Sudan and southern Ethiopia.

6) Abundant rains over the past several weeks have favored recently sown crops while giving moisture supplies an early boost across an area stretching from southern Chad to eastern Burkina Faso.