Rwanda weatherman predicts moderate rains in next four months

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By Aimable Twahirwa, PANA/NECJOGHA
Kigali, Rwanda
– Moderate rains mixed with violent winds which could lead to floods and landslides are expected in some parts of Rwanda between September and December, according to the forecast released last week by the Rwanda Meteorological Agency.

According to the seasonal forecast for the period, the northern part of the country will experience the highest rainfall.

The western and southern regions are also expected to witness high rainfall while in the Eastern Province, the highest rainfall is expected in Nyagatare and Gatsibo districts.

Map of Rwanda showing expected distribution of rainfall in the September- December (SOND) season.

Speaking to reporters in Kigali, the the Director-General of Meteo Rwanda, Aimable Gahigi, urged all stakeholders including government institutions, non-government organisations, investors and project leaders, private sector, farmers and others to take note of the forecast so as to take appropriate measures in increasing agricultural and livestock productivity.

The rains are estimated to be between 20 and 30 millimetres (mm) per day.

“As the rainy season begins, climate information will be timely disseminated through different channels, including farmers’ cooperatives and agricultural extension services to take appropriate measures such as anti-erosion practices,” the Rwandan official said.

Director-General of Meteo Rwanda, Aimable Gahigi giving the forecast last week. Picture credit: Aimable Twahirwa.

Studies show that disasters triggered by rains in Rwanda cause Rwf200 billion (about US$220 million) in economic loss per year, which is 10 per cent of the total national budget.

Government targets to irrigate 102,000 hectares by 2024, up from the current 50,000 hectares, to reduce weather induced agricultural losses.

This story was first published by PANA: https://www.panapress.com/Rwanda-Forecasters-predict-moder-a_630605112-lang2.html

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