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Heavy rains expected in Horn of Africa through July: forecast agency


Saturday April 27, 2024

A number of countries in the Horn of Africa will experience wetter than usual conditions between May and July, the Climate Prediction and Applications Center (ICPAC) of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional bloc, said Friday.


Photo taken on April 25, 2024 shows buses in floodwater in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. (Xinhua/Emmanuel Herman)

A number of countries in the Horn of Africa will experience wetter than usual conditions between May and July, the Climate Prediction and Applications Center (ICPAC) of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional bloc, said Friday.

The wetter conditions are expected over most parts of the northern sectors of the region, the ICPAC said in its latest forecast.

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"This is specifically in much of Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Uganda, and western and coastal Kenya," the ICPAC said.

The region is currently experiencing unusually heavy rains that have caused floods leading to death and destruction.

In Kenya, floods have killed more than 50 people and displaced thousands, according to the Kenya Red Cross. In neighboring Tanzania, authorities put the figure at 155 killed and over 200,000 displaced.

Even though most parts of the Horn of Africa receive rains in May-July, the ICPAC noted, drier than usual conditions will be expected in southern Somalia, western Ethiopia, western Sudan and central Uganda.

"Warmer than usual temperatures are also indicated over the whole region," the ICPAC said.

Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, eastern Kenya and coastal Tanzania will record the highest temperatures during the period, according to the agency.

The Horn of Africa has been experiencing adverse climatic events, with drought and heavy rains occurring in quick succession as climate change bites.



 





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