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East Africa Regional Rain Watch April 12, 2011

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FEWS NET will publish a Rain Watch for the East Africa region every 10 days through the end of the March-June rainy season, with a special focus on ongoing crisis areas in the region. Its purpose is to assess the progress of the season and the potential impacts on food insecurity, which is currently at high or extreme levels in several areas.

Rainfall deficits persist in the eastern Horn

Performance of the March to May rains has been close to average in most of the cropping areas of Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, and western Kenya. However, rains have been belowaverage in northern Uganda, parts of the bimodal cropping areas of western Uganda, and the Belg cropping zones of Ethiopia, including SNNPR and southern areas of Oromia region (Figure 1).