Horn of Africa: New Round of Heavy Rains Experienced

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The rains come about a month after the region experienced heavy flooding in which more than 400 people died and millions were displaced, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

On Tuesday, the Climate Prediction and Applications Center (ICPAC) of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said that several countries in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) are set to experience a fresh round of heavy rainfall that will lead to flooding.

ICPAC, in its latest update, identified South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya as countries that would experience heavy rains of between 50 mm and 200 mm.

“More than usual rainfall is expected over most parts of southern Sudan, northern and eastern South Sudan, western Ethiopia, northern Uganda and western Kenya,” ICPAC said.

The rains come about a month after the region experienced heavy flooding in which more than 400 people died and millions were displaced, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

???? Heavy rains and floods continue to cause damage and displacement across Eastern Africa, mainly in #Ethiopia, #Kenya and #Somalia.

Nearly 1.6M people have been affected across the region.

Additional funding is needed to scale up assistance to affected communities.

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— UN Humanitarian (@UNOCHA) June 5, 2024

ICPAC also predicted warmer-than-usual temperatures over most parts of the GHA.

“High temperatures (above 32 degrees Celsius) are expected over most parts of Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, north-eastern Ethiopia, and parts of north-western Somalia,” ICPAC said.

Similarly, moderate to high temperatures (20-32 degrees) are expected in most parts of South Sudan, southern Sudan, Somalia, eastern and northern Kenya, central to northern Uganda and southern and north-western Tanzania, it forecasted. 

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