Drought to hit East Africa

Parts of East Africa are to experience drought in the coming months, as a result of the La Nina weather effect, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

Drought in East Africa

Drought in East Africa

WMO says the La Nina effect which was responsible for the devastating floods that have hit Australia and parts of South-East Asia, will influence weather conditions in eastern Africa reducing the amount of rain the region will receive in the coming months.

According to WMO, during La Nina, sea surface temperatures across the equatorial Eastern Central Pacific Ocean are 3 to 5 degrees centigrade lower than normal .

Omar Baddour is a weather expert at WMO in Geneva

“We are still in the conditions of La Nina which might last more or less time up to spring. La Nina cause floods in some regions but as well it causes some drought conditions particularly important to note is that the eastern African part of the continent is generally linked to less wet conditions than other normal conditions. We are already noticing some very dry conditions in parts of eastern Africa, so definitely La Nina has something to do with these conditions.”

WMO however says it was still studying the weather patterns in Brazil to determine what influenced the heavy rains in the south-eastern parts of the country in which over 600 people were killed.

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