According to the National Meteorological Agency (NMA), the performance of the belg (mid-February to May) rains has gradually improved – both in amount and distribution – starting from the second dekad of March. While the rains were limited to the western, south western and southern parts of the country and were mostly below- normal in performance during the first dekad of March, the rainfall coverage expanded to the central, eastern and south eastern parts and strengthened in performance from 10 March onwards. Accordingly, most of the belg rain-receiving parts of the country received normal to above-normal rainfall in the past two weeks. In pocket areas, heavy rains caused flooding, including in Mile, Galafi and Bidu woredas of Afar; some areas of Fafan and Jarar zones of Somali, including Jijiga and Degehabur Towns; Loka Abaya woreda of Sidama zone and Humbo woreda of Wolayita zone of SNNP; and Tulo woreda of West Hararge zone of Oromia Regions. According to NMA, the rainfall performance is expected to further improve during the remainder of the belg rainy season. The kiremt (June to September) rain-receiving parts of northern, north western and western parts of the country will likely start to receive rainfall in mid-April, favouring planting of long-cycle crops in these areas. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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