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Seasonal Rainfall Update for East Africa

Seasonal rainfall totals remain well below normal (less than 25 percent of average) across many areas of the eastern Horn of Africa, particularly in southeastern Ethiopia, southern and central Somalia, northeastern Kenya, and eastern Tanzania. The recent intensification of seasonal rainfall in parts of northeastern Kenya and southern Somalia may contribute to some short-term improvements in water and pasture availability, but overall regeneration of pastoral resources is likely to remain poor.

In western areas of the region, seasonal rainfall in parts of Uganda, northwestern and central Tanzania, and Burundi are leading to below- average cropping prospects. In Rwanda, increased seasonal rainfall in November has helped to mitigate rainfall deficits and dry spells that developed in mid-October.

Martha de Jong-Lantink

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