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IGAD warns of heavy rainfall in Horn of Africa through September


The greater part of the Horn of Africa is expected to receive heavy rain between June and September, according to a statement on the region's climate outlook.

The rain pattern between June and September will be above normal in Djibouti, Eritrea, central and northern Ethiopia, western and coastal Kenya, much of Uganda, South Sudan and Sudan, said a communique issued on Tuesday in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, at the end of the 67th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum organized by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an East African bloc.

Lake Nkuruba in Uganda. /CFP
Lake Nkuruba in Uganda. /CFP

Lake Nkuruba in Uganda. /CFP

"On the other hand, part of northern Somalia, isolated areas over western Ethiopia and northwestern South Sudan are expected to experience drier than normal conditions," the document said.

The two-day conference, which opened on Monday, was attended by representatives from IGAD member countries.

It was noted that the weather pattern from June to September bears resemblance to those of 1998 and 2007 patterns.

Sunset in South Sudan. /CFP
Sunset in South Sudan. /CFP

Sunset in South Sudan. /CFP

"An early to normal rainfall onset is expected in several parts of the region, including central and northern Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and South Sudan," the communique said. "However, a delayed onset is likely in Djibouti, part of eastern and western Ethiopia, central and western Sudan, and northern South Sudan."

It said temperatures could be warmer than usual across the region, particularly in northern Sudan, central and western Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency
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