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Weather Hazards Impacts Assessment for Africa: June 14 - 20, 2007

News and Press Release
Originally published


- Rainfall remains abundant across the northwestern Kenya and further northward into southern portions of Sudan and portions of southern and eastern Ethiopia. In west Africa, early season rains have benefited an area stretching from eastern Burkina Faso to southern Chad.

- The failure of the Long Season rains has left eastern Kenya in a drought. Meanwhile short term dryness has impacted northern Ethiopia, much of Eritrea, Djibouti and sections of Somalia.

1) The failure of the Long Rains has left most of eastern Kenya in a severe drought. Dry conditions have reduced harvests and available pasture. Rainfall normally returns to the area in October.

2) Light rainfall has continued in northern Somalia, but more is needed to reduce deficits. This region receives very little rainfall normally, so continued light unseasonable rainfall could reduce the current moisture shortfall.

3) Rainfall during the March - May wet season in southern Somalia was erratic. This negatively impacted crops in the region. However, rainfall totals remained near normal, benefiting pastures.

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. Rainfall could return as early as July.

5) Well distributed rainfall has benefited a region from Burundi and Rwanda around Lake Victoria into Uganda, southern Sudan and southern Ethiopia. Pastures, crops and drinking water supplies have all benefited from the plentiful rains.

6) Abundant rains over the past month has favored recently sown crops while giving moisture supplies an early boost across an area stretching from southern Chad to eastern Burkina Faso.

7) Heavy rainfall along part of the Kenya coast has caused extensive damage to infrastructure and left standing water across a wide area. There are growing concerns about the spread of disease.