Global Weather Hazards Summary: May 1 - 7, 2015

Report
from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 01 May 2015 View Original

Drought continues in central and northern Ethiopia, with abnormal dryness in Djibouti and Eritrea

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with five consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since mid March, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea.

  2. Seasonally above-average rainfall, combined with heavy rainfall forecast across eastern Ethiopia and Somalia, is expected to increase the risk for localized flooding along the Jubba and Shabelle River basins in Somalia.

  3. Torrential rainfall triggered flooding across Nyanza and Nairobi Provinces of southern Kenya during the last week. Above-average rainfall is forecast for the next week.

  4. Below-average rainfall since March has affected crop conditions over bi-modal northern Tanzania.

  5. Untimely rains and prolonged dry spells have resulted in crop failure in unimodal areas in the Dodoma, Singida, Shinyanga, Tabora, and Kigoma Regions of central Tanzania.

  6. Late season moisture deficits associated with an early end of the Southern Africa monsoon has negatively affect cropping conditions for parts of northern Malawi and northern Mozambique.

  7. Poorly distributed rainfall and extended dry spells since January have led to large rainfall deficits and below-average vegetation cover in southern Angola and northern Namibia.

  8. Since late December, below-average and poorly distributed rainfall has led to abnormal dryness across a broad portion of southern Africa. Below-average seasonal rainfall and untimely dry spells are likely to lead to reductions in crop production in parts of southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Zambia, and South Africa.