Ethiopia + 14 more

Weather Hazards Impacts Assessment for Africa: May 31 - June 6, 2007


  • Abundant, well distributed rains have resulted in good conditions across southern Ethiopia, southern Sudan and western portions of the Lake Victoria Basin. In West Africa, recent rains benefited recently sown crops by giving an early boost to moisture supplies in some areas.

- Drought is worsening across interior eastern Kenya due to apparent failure of seasonal rains. Dry conditions have also had a negative impact on pastures in Djibouti, eastern Eritrea and adjacent parts of Ethiopia.

1) Drought intensifies across interior eastern Kenya due the apparent failure of the 2007 Long Season rains.

2) Rainfall has been light and spotty across parts of northern Somalia, resulting in short term moisture deficits

3) Seasonal rains have been erratic over parts of southern Somalia, possibly stressing crops.

4) Rainfall has been below average across Djibouti, Ethiopia's Afar region and eastern Eritrea during the past few months. Conditions have also been dry in the Belg areas of Ahmara and Tigray in Ethiopia.

5) Good rains favored crops and pastures across much of southern Ethiopia, southern Sudan, and the western half of the Lake Victoria Basin.

6) Heavy rain may trigger flash floods along the Kenya Coast.

7) Abundant rains over the past several weeks have favored recently sown crops while giving moisture supplies an early boost across parts of western Africa.