By NECJOGHA TEAM
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWNET) has released a a country-by-country update on recent seasonal progress warning of floods in several Greater Horn of Africa countries.
FEWSNET is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 28 countries.
Among the countries FEWSNET reviewed are Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda. Others are Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Yemen.
It began with a review of last season and said mid-June to early July rainfall performance was characterized by above average to average rainfall across Uganda, western Kenya, South Sudan, western Sudan, western and central Ethiopia, and northwestern Somalia.
“These rains have largely been beneficial to on-going agricultural activities in these regions. However, persistent, heavy rainfall caused flooding in parts of eastern and western Uganda and high soil saturation with an elevated risk of flooding in South Sudan, eastern Sudan, and parts of northwestern Ethiopia. In contrast, localized areas of below-average rainfall were observed in parts of northeastern Uganda, central and northwestern Kenya, central-west and northern Ethiopia. Below-average rainfall was also observed on the East African coastal strip, including in Xagaa-receiving areas of south-central Somalia. Meanwhile, much of the eastern Horn and Tanzania remained seasonally sunny and dry,” a release by FEWSNET on early this week said.
On the forecast it says: “The rainfall forecast through July indicates moderate to locally very heavy rainfall in western and central Ethiopia, southern Sudan, South Sudan, most of Uganda, and western Kenya. There is elevated risk of flooding over western Darfur in Sudan due to persistent above average rains since June. Coastal regions in northeastern Tanzania, Kenya, and southern Somalia are forecast to experience light to moderately heavy rains. The rainfall outlook is favorable for Kiremt crops in Ethiopia, given moderate to heavy rains expected in northern and western areas of the country,” the release says.