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Flooding in Southeast Upper Nile damages crops and displaces households

  • Seasonal Monitor
  • South Sudan
  • September 15, 2014
Flooding in Southeast Upper Nile damages crops and displaces households

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    • Green consumption in Duk County, Jonglei is ongoing but harvests are limited because of significant reductions in area planted. Nile River flooding in the Duk Padiet area is expected to affect performance of already limited crop areas. Field reports suggest that harvests may only last for two months. Consumption of green crops continues in Uror, Nyirol, and Ayod.   

    • Sorghum, maize and vegetables are performing well in Melut County, Upper Nile. Short-cycle sorghum has matured, and long-cycle sorghum is at the flowering stage. Consumption of green maize is ongoing and fresh maize is available in the local market. Farmers took advantage of the early onset of rains this season and planted twice. A second round of maize, cowpeas and vegetable crops are now at vegetative stages. 

    • Green consumption of short-cycle crops continues in Longuchuk, Maiwut, Ulang, Nasir counties in Upper Nile, and Akobo County in Jonglei. However, heavy rainfall in the Ethiopian highlands has caused flooding, damaging crops and displacing households in these areas. 

    • In Kapoeta North and South in Eastern Equatoria, persistent heavy rains have started to negatively affect sorghum which is still at the milking stage. However, pasture and water conditions are good, keeping cattle close to homesteads. Dry season livestock migration which typically starts in November/December may be delayed for one to two months.

    • Above-average rains in Lakes State over the past dekad have flooded cropped areas In Awerial County, but most of the short-cycle sorghum crops have passed the critical stage and are at maturity stage.

    • According to GFS forecasts, moderate to heavy rains are likely over South Sudan in the coming week, particularly in the western half of the country.


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

    Figure 1

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

    Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    GFS rainfall forecast in mm for September 10-23, 2014

    Figure 2

    GFS rainfall forecast in mm for September 10-23, 2014

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

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