Time remaining before seasonal rains cut off sites in Darfur and Eastern Chad
The rainy season is approaching its climatological peak. Rains are established across the region, hampering access to IDPs and refugees. Rainfall amounts of up to 150 mm are possible in some areas this week (see reverse). While large towns in Darfur are accessible, surrounding areas face access difficulties. By now, certain areas in West and South Darfur have been cut off. Fuel deliveries have been restricted, contributing to fuel shortages in Sudan.
Regional Overview: Transport Corridors
Darfur Crisis Seven Day Rainfall Forecast
August 4-10, 2005
As the climatological peak of the rainy season approaches, the potential exists for heavy rain during the early and middle part of the period across eastern Biltine, eastern Ouaddai, much of West Darfur, southwestern North Darfur and western South Darfur. Rainfall amounts of 75 to 150 mm are possible in these areas. The greatest risk for heavy rains will be in the higher elevations. Seasonal rains are expected across the rest of the region. Somewhat drier conditions are expected during the last few days of the period north of a line extending from Abeche to Al Junaynah to El Fasher.
Up to date forecasts can always be found at: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/fews/africa/