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Below-average rains persist in parts of eastern South Sudan

  • Seasonal Monitor
  • South Sudan
  • July 3, 2014
Below-average rains persist in parts of eastern South Sudan

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    Key Messages
    • Moderate rains continued across South Sudan in the third dekad of June. Western parts of the country received between 50 and 100 millimeters (mm) of rain. Considerably less rain fell in the East. Rainfall was between 25 to 50 percent of average in Eastern Upper Nile. Rains in the Southeast remain significantly below-average.
    • Vegetation conditions, as indicated by the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) were above average across the country in the beginning of the season from March to May. However, the NDVI began to show a downward trend in June in some areas, especially in Jonglei and Lakes states.
    • Field reports indicate crop progress in Leer, Unity State. In Koch County, crops (mostly maize) are currently at different stages of growth because of varying planting times. Households sourced maize seeds from neighboring Mayom County through kinship, bartering, and purchase. Because of extensive time spent searching for food, households in Koch have less time to engage in agricultural activities which is likely to reduce harvests.
    • In Lakes State, ongoing inter-tribal conflict has diverted labor critical for planting and weeding. Cultivation has been most affected in Rumbek Center and Rumbek East counties, where conflict forced an estimated 40 to 50 percent of households to abandon their farms. Some households in relatively stable areas are still cultivating.
    • Planting is ongoing in Ayod and Duk counties in Jonglei State. Households in Nyirol County planted in early June but drier conditions in late June may affect crop progress, currently at vegetative stages. An estimated 40 percent of the population in Nyirol was unable to cultivate due to seed shortages. Dry conditions were also reported in Akobo County in late June.
    • Rains continue in Malakal, Upper Nile State, although most IDPs in the Protection of Civilian (POC) area in Malakal Town were unable cultivate. Following recent humanitarian seed distributions, some farmers travel to their fields in Wau Shiluk during the day to cultivate short-cycle sorghum.
    • Moderate to locally heavy (10-40 mm, locally >40 mm) rain is forecast next week for much of South Sudan.


    Figures Rainfall estimate (RFE2) in mm, June 21-30, 2014

    Figure 1

    Rainfall estimate (RFE2) in mm, June 21-30, 2014

    Source: FEWS NET/ NOAA

    Global Forecast System (GFS) rainfall forecast in mm for July 2-12, 2014

    Figure 2

    Global Forecast System (GFS) rainfall forecast in mm for July 2-12, 2014

    Source: NOAA Global Forecasting System/ Climate Prediction Center (CPC)

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