Timor-Leste

El Niño Timor-Leste Update: Low rainfall impacts on animal health, 1/01/2016 – 15/01/2016

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There has been a continued period of patchy rainfall across Timor-Leste where some localised areas have received enough rain whereas other areas have received very little rain. Timor-Leste has received generally less than 50% rainfall compared to normal years in December and January is looking worse. Farmers are reporting more animals are losing condition and dying. An extra map has been included to indicate those areas where reports were received of sick and dying animals. This is due to animals losing condition due to lack of feed, eating feed of poor quality and reduced water supply. The dry weather has resulted in a delay in the preparation of rice fields in a number of areas which are shown on the rice (Hare) map. Some springs are still low or not flowing. A number of crops have died and some farmers are replanting if they get enough rain.