Global Weather Hazards Summary: October 2 - 8, 2015

from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 02 Oct 2015 View Original

Dryness worsens in Ethiopia and coastal West Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall over several bimodal areas of Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria has led to a rapid increase in moisture deficits and a degradation of ground conditions. Reduced rainfall is expected during in the region during lateSeptember.

  2. While the recent increase in precipitation has led to more favorable ground conditions, a delayed onset and uneven rainfall distribution during the June-September season may negatively impact cropping and pastoral conditions in the region.

  3. Poorly distributed rainfall has resulted in drought, which has severely impacted ground conditions and led to livestock death across parts of north-central and eastern Ethiopia.

  4. Below-average rainfall since August has led to increased moisture deficits in several provinces in southern South Sudan and northern Uganda. Below-average rainfall is forecast in the region during the upcoming week.