East Africa expects above-average rainfall after a long drought

The East African bloc The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) predicted that the region will receive above-average rainfall during the rainy period between March and May. 

According to the report published by The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), East Africa which has been having drought issues in recent years due to the effect of climate change, will receive above-average rainfall this year.

Agricultural and hydrological conditions will improve in the region, which will receive 60 percent of the total annual rainfall during the rainy season between March and May.

Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, the south of Sudan and the northwest of Tanzania will be the countries and regions that will be most positively affected by the rains. Some regions will begin to receive the expected rainfall earlier.

Rains, which directly affect agriculture and are vital for regions experiencing water problems, are also expected to alleviate the food crisis in East Africa.

More than 36 million people in the Horn of Africa countries of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia are negatively affected by drought.

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