By Gift Briton
Governments and humanitarian organizations in Eastern Africa have been advised to increase their emergency response and preparedness measures in light of the expected extremely heavy rainfall in various parts of the region.
In the next seven days, northern Kenya, southern Ethiopia, southern Somalia, and central Uganda are expected to continue receiving extremely heavy rains, according to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD’s) Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) weekly prediction.
This may increase the likelihood of hazards such as landslides and flash flood events in flood-prone areas. ICPAC notes that it is important for those living in these regions to take necessary precautions to ensure their safety.
ICPAC has also forecasted heavy rainfall in several regions, including central to northern Kenya, southern and eastern Ethiopia, central to southern Somalia, coastal Djibouti, much of Uganda, and north-western and north-eastern Tanzania.
Based on the latest weather forecast, it appears that several regions will receive moderate to light rainfall.
These areas include Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, north-western and south-eastern Tanzania, central to southern and north-western Somalia into coastal Djibouti, southern Ethiopia, southern South Sudan, most parts of Kenya, northern South Sudan, coastal regions of Sudan and Eritrea, Djibouti, central to northern Ethiopia, parts of northern Somalia, north-western Kenya, and central Tanzania.
It has been forecasted that the predicted period will see Sudan and the southern and north-western regions of Eritrea remain dry.
Meanwhile, it is worth noting that most parts of the Greater Horn of Africa are expected to see warmer-than-usual temperatures, which could lead to increased levels of heat stress. The highest risk is anticipated over parts of central to southern Sudan, South Sudan, central to southern Somalia, eastern Kenya, and most coastal regions.
However, ICPAC has forecasted that certain areas of central Sudan, southeastern South Sudan, northern Kenya, and a few regions in southwestern Ethiopia will experience cooler-than-normal temperatures.