Time remaining before seasonal rains cut off sites in Darfur and Eastern Chad
As the ITCZ nears its northernmost extent of the season, seasonal rains have set in over most of Darfur and Eastern Chad, hampering access to IDPs and refugees. Heavy rains are expected this week in Ouaddai and Biltine in Chad, as well as parts of Darfur. While large towns in Darfur are accessible, surrounding areas face access difficulties. By now, certain areas in West and South Darfur have already been cut off. Fuel deliveries have been restricted, contributing to fuel shortages in Sudan.
Regional Overview: Transport Corridors
Darfur Crisis Seven Day Rainfall Forecast
July 28 - August 3, 2005
Heavy rainfall is possible during the period over Ouaddai and Biltine in Chad, as well as West Darfur, parts of North and South Darfur in Sudan. This includes the cities of Abeche, Biltine, Al Junaynah and El Fasher. Rainfall amounts of 50 to 150 mm are possible in this area. The heaviest rains will fall over the higher elevations. Seasonal rains are expected to continue across the entire region through the period.
Up to date forecasts can always be found at: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/fews/africa/