By Gift Briton

Flooding is likely to devastate several parts of Eastern Africa following the expected heavy rains in the coming seven days, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)’s Climate Prediction and Application Center (ICPAC) notes.

ICPAC warns that high-risk flash floods are anticipated over southeastern and north-eastern Tanzania, and northern and southern Kenya as a result of the heavy rainfall, likely to worsen the flooding situation in the flood-prone areas.

The forecast also shows that more than average rainfall is expected in Rwanda, Burundi, most parts of Kenya, southern and eastern Ethiopia, northern Somalia, and northern and eastern Tanzania.

Parts of Burundi, Tanzania, and a few regions in southern and northern Kenya, southern and eastern Ethiopia, and northern Somalia are likely to receive moderate rainfall ranging between 50-200 millimetre (mm).

Light rainfall is expected in central to southern and eastern Ethiopia, northern and southern Somalia, eastern to central Kenya, central to southern Uganda, and parts of central and western Tanzania, whereas Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, central to northern Uganda, north-western Kenya, and western and eastern Ethiopia are predicted to remain dry throughout the week.

Northern Somalia, central to southern and south-eastern Ethiopia, most parts of Kenya, eastern and north-western Tanzania, and most parts of Rwanda and Burundi are expected to be wetter than usual, with drier than usual conditions expected in central to western Tanzania.

Meanwhile, ICPAC’s forecast on temperature indicates that nearly all parts of the Greater Horn of Africa are expected to experience warmer-than-average temperatures, with cooler-than-average temperatures expected in some parts of central Sudan and other isolated regions.

The warm temperatures are likely to lead to elevated levels of heat stress in eastern Tanzania, eastern and coastal Kenya, southern Somalia, and eastern regions of South Sudan.

South Sudan, Uganda, Eritrea, Djibouti, central to southern Somalia, Tanzania, eastern and northern Kenya, and parts of southern and eastern Sudan while the rest of the region is expected to experience mild temperatures.