By Gift Briton

People living in central and southern Ethiopia, northern Somalia as well as northern and southern parts of Uganda have been urged to stay alert for the expected flash floods.

The Intergovernmental Authority On Development (IGAD)’s Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) says that extremely heavy rainfall expected in these regions over the next seven days is likely to cause flash floods with high risk anticipated over South-eastern Ethiopia and southern Somalia.

ICPAC also adds that Somalia, central and southern Ethiopia, South Sudan, central to northern Uganda, and parts of southern Sudan, western Kenya and central Rwanda will be wetter than usual.

Most parts of Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan, Somalia, and parts of eastern central and western Ethiopia, eastern Djibouti, southern and north-eastern Sudan, western Eritrea, northern Ethiopia, and most parts of Kenya and Tanzania will receive moderate to light rainfall.

However, there is a likelihood that northern Sudan, parts of southern Eritrea to northern Ethiopia, northern and eastern Kenya, as well as southern and central Tanzania, will remain dry. Southern Kenya and northern and southern Tanzania will be drier than normal.

Meanwhile, most parts of the greater horn of Africa are most likely going to be warmer than average temperatures during the period.

ICPAC says that heat exhaustion is expected over parts of Sudan, Eritrea, South Sudan, southern Somalia, eastern Kenya, and southern parts of Tanzania.

Therefore, individuals residing in the above areas are advised to maintain proper hydration during this period.