Floods to Continue Causing Havoc in Eastern Africa
By Gift Briton
Heavy rainfall anticipated to continue in most parts of Eastern Africa is likely to cause havoc in several susceptible areas across the region.
Most parts of Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, northern Tanzania, and southern Somalia will experience extremely heavy rainfall which could potentially lead to hazards such as landslides, riverine, and flash floods, according to the weekly weather prediction by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)’s Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC).
ICPAC also predicts heavy rainfall in the eastern regions of Rwanda and Burundi, north-western Tanzania, and western and central Kenya, with moderate to light rainfall expected over northern to western Tanzania, and southern South Sudan, central to northern South Sudan, coastal regions of Sudan, Eritrea, central and northern Somalia, parts of western and southern Ethiopia, and southern Tanzania.
However, a dry spell is predicted over Sudan, most parts of Eritrea, Djibouti, northeastern to eastern Ethiopia, and northern Somalia with central to Southern Tanzania, and south-eastern parts of Kenya likely to be drier than usual.
Warmer than usual temperatures are forecasted in most parts of the region save for parts of eastern South Sudan, south-western Ethiopia, and north-eastern Kenya which are predicted to experience cooler than normal temperatures.
The high temperatures are likely to cause elevated levels of heat stress in areas over eastern Kenya to southern Somalia, coastal regions of Tanzania, and cross-border regions of northern South Sudan to south-eastern Sudan. While other regions are likely to experience moderate to mild temperatures.