Global Weather Hazards Summary: October 23 - 29, 2015

Report
from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 23 Oct 2015 View Original

Drought in bimodal West Africa, heavy rains to maintain flooding risks in Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Persistently belowaverage rainfall over several bimodal areas of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria since August has led to an increase in moisture deficits and a degradation of ground conditions, resulting in drought.

  2. Below-average rainfall since August has led to increased moisture deficits throughout several provinces in southern South Sudan and northern Uganda. Dry conditions now stretch into Lake Victoria regions of western Kenya.

  3. Heavy rains over the last week have led to swelling rivers in the region. The White Nile and Sobat Rivers in northeastern South Sudan and the Shabelle and Jubba Rivers in Somalia and Southern Ethiopia are forecast to be near or above flood stage. Additional forecasted heavy rain threatens to exacerbate the situation, creating the threat for flash flooding.

  4. 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