Weather man says Northern regions received good rains despite drought in Somalia
Many parts of the country have experienced good rains during September and early October, the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of the Federal Republic of Somalia has said.
This indicates the early onset of the Deyr rainy season. Most of the rainfall occurred in the northern regions.
The northern regions of Bari and Nugaal regions also received rains that benefited the people and animals.
The weatherman also reported that limited areas in the country’s central and southern regions also received below-average rainfall.
Central and Southern Somalia has seen hundreds of thousands of Somalis abandon their homes and embark on perilous journeys in search of food, water and humanitarian assistance as a result of the severe drought.
Since the drought started in January last year, over 1 million people have been forced from their homes, including 857,000 so far this year. A further 366,000 have fled due to conflict and insecurity.
The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of the Federal Republic of Somalia said the rain forecast for the upcoming weeks in October indicate that Deyr will be raining across the country.
The rainfalls are expected to be well distributed in the Federal Member States Galmudug, Jubaland, Southwest, and Hirshabelle, with less than 30mm of rain.
Regions in the semi-autonomous state of Puntaland and the self-declared independent state of Somalia will possibly receive 100mm of rain, according to the Ministry.
According to the rain forecast for the week, some parts of Jubaland, Southwest, Hirshabelle, Banadir and Galmudug are likely to receive less rain compared to the northern regions.
Somalia, like much of the Horn of Africa, is facing its worst drought in 40 years.
Following the failure of four successive rainy seasons more than 7 million of the country’s 15 million people are experiencing severe hunger.
Experts warn that the next rainy season between October and December will also likely fail, pushing several parts of the country into famine before the end of the year, unless aid efforts are urgently ramped up.