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Heavy rains caused flooding in parts of Jonglei and Upper Nile states

  • Seasonal Monitor
  • South Sudan
  • August 14, 2014
Heavy rains caused flooding in parts of Jonglei and Upper Nile states

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    Key Messages
    • Moderate to heavy rains continued across South Sudan during the first dekad of August  with between 25 to 50 millimeters of rainfall.  Heavy rains caused flooding in some areas. 

    • Field reports from Payinjiar County in Unity State indicated heavy rains during the past dekad. Currently, households continue with consumption of green maize. 

    • Increased rainfall in Upper Nile and Jonglei states improved pasture and livestock body conditions. Crop development improved in Akobo, Uror, Nyirol and Ayod in Jonglei. Flooding in localized areas of Akobo East caused displacement of households, but also increased fishing activities.

    • In low-lying areas of Maiwut, Longechuk, and Nasir in Upper Nile State, heavy rains caused flooding in early August. Overflow of the Sobat River displaced households living along the riverbank in Ulang, and parts of Nasir, restricting movement and livelihoods activities such as hunting, wild foods collection and firewood gathering. However, fishing opportunities have expanded over the past week in Ulang and parts of Nasir. 

    • Green harvests for maize, beans, and cowpeas are available for consumption in Fashoda County, Upper Nile. Some farmers continued planting long-cycle sorghum in early August, which should be ready for harvest in December.

    • Heavy rains continued during the first dekad of August in Kapoeta County, Eastern Equatoria. Short-cycle sorghum planted in July is now at vegetative stages and will be harvested by early October. Livestock returned from dry season grazing areas in late July/early August, following improvements in pasture and water conditions. 

    • The Global Forecast System (GFS) precipitation forecast indicates moderate to heavy rainfall across most of South Sudan in the coming week, elevating the flood threat in flood prone areas, especially in the Northwest. 


       

    Figures Rainfall estimate (RFE2) in mm, August 1-10, 2014

    Figure 1

    Rainfall estimate (RFE2) in mm, August 1-10, 2014

    Source: FEWS NET/ NOAA

    Global Forecast System (GFS) rainfall forecast in mm for August 14-21, 2014

    Figure 2

    Global Forecast System (GFS) rainfall forecast in mm for August 14-21, 2014

    Source: FEWS NET/ NOAA

    FEWS NET’s Seasonal Monitor reports are produced for Central America and the Caribbean, West Africa, East Africa, Central Asia, and Somalia every 10-to-30 days during the region’s respective rainy season(s). Seasonal Monitors report updates on weather events (e.g., rainfall patterns) and associated impacts on ground conditions (e.g., cropping conditions, pasture and water availability), as well as the short-term rainfall forecast. Find more remote sensing information here.

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