Below-average rain recorded in West Africa, while above-average rain persists over Eastern Africa
Inconsistent and below-normal rainfall since mid-August has increased moisture deficits and led to abnormal dryness for parts of southern Burkina Faso and northern Ghana.
Recent heavy rains have caused the Niger and Benue Rivers in Nigeria to flood. Reports indicate that 100,000 people were displaced by flooding and many crops have been destroyed. Continued rain will keep rivers high.
Many weeks of heavy rainfall have saturated soils and triggered flooding throughout several states in Sudan. Both the Blue and White Nile rivers continue to run high, threatening populations and infrastructure along their banks.
Heavy rain this past week in central Ethiopia has led to flooding along the Awash River. Water released from the Koka Dam is causing flooding downstream in the Oromia and Afar regions.