Time remaining before seasonal rains cut off sites in Darfur and Eastern Chad
Seasonal rains have set in over most of Darfur and Eastern Chad, hampering access to IDPs and refugees. All efforts should be made to provide refugees and IDPs with shelter and to preposition or distribute relief supplies to last through the rainy season. While large towns in Darfur are accessible, surrounding areas face access difficulties. Rains have already cut off certain areas in West and South Darfur. In addition, the rains have restricted fuel deliveries, contributing to fuel shortages in Sudan. Over the next month the rains will advance to their furthest northern positions and continue to hamper transport throughout the region.
Regional Overview: Transport Corridors
Darfur Crisis Seven Day Rainfall Forecast
July 14 - July 20, 2005
- Seasonal rains are expected across the entire region early in the period. Some of these rains will be heavy.
- Drier conditions are expected during the later half of the period across Biltine, the Darfur region north of El Fasher and northern Kurdufan as winds turn more northerly.
- Seasonal rains will continue throughout the period across Ouaddai and the Darfur region south of El Fasher.
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