Gu 2014 rains started, but were largely below normal amounts in most of the country
A dry spell persisted in most parts of the country from April 1 to 10. However, moderate to light rains were received in between late March and early April in some parts of the South including in Middle and Lower Juba, Bay, and southern Gedo, in the Northwest including in the Hawd and West Golis Pastoral livelihood zones in Togdheer and Woqooyi Galbeed Regions, and in localized areas of the cowpea belt in the central regions. These rains have eased water stress and supported the regeneration of pasture. From April 11 to 20, field reports and satellite imagery indicate light to moderate rains between 10 and 75 millimeters (mm) were received in most of the southern regions. However, there was no rainfall or only very light rains in most of the central and northern regions (Figure 1). The rainfall estimate (RFE2) for April 11 to 20 compared to the 2000 to 2013 mean has only below average rains for most parts of the country. However, most parts of the Juba and Bay Regions received above normal amounts of rain (Figure 2).