Global Weather Hazards Summary: December 25 - 31, 2015

from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 25 Dec 2015

Dryness persists in southern Africa and Kenya despite recent heavy rainfall

  1. Drought conditions have affected many countries in southern Africa, including Angola, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Mozambique due to the delayed start of season and erratic distribution of rainfall. Exacerbated by a poor performance during the previous season, the deficient rain has already significantly reduced water availability, leading to livestock deaths and poor ground conditions over many areas.

  2. Heavy downpours during the past week have resulted in flooding and overflowing of many rivers, sweeping away crops and leading to fatalities and displaced populations in the Migori, Baringo, Machakos, and Tana River counties of Kenya. Scattered moderate rain is forecast during the next week, which may exacerbate conditions on the grounds.

  3. Abnormal dryness has persisted over local areas of north-central Kenya due to inconsistent rains during the past several weeks. The October-December season started late and was followed by an erratic distribution of rainfall, which may adversely impact pastoral activities over the region.

  4. Abundant rain during the past week has led to localized flooding and fatalities over areas of Antananarivo, central Madagascar. Heavy rain is expected to continue during the upcoming week, maintaining elevated risks for flooding and landslides over flood-prone and low-lying areas.