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Global Weather Hazards Summary: April 03 - 09, 2020

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Heavy rains trigger flooding in DRC, Kenya, and Burundi while drought and dryness persist in southern Africa

  1. Desert locust swarms continue to breed and spread into Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, and many other areas across the Horn of Africa. Continued breeding and northward migration is likely throughout the Spring.

  2. Drought conditions have developed in parts of Mozambique and Zimbabwe due to below-average rainfall during the past several months.

  3. A late start to the rainy season and uneven rainfall distribution in western Namibia and southern Angola have resulted in long-term dryness.

  4. Below-average rainfall since early January has caused abnormal dryness and drought in southern Madagascar.

  5. Below-average rainfall over the past several weeks has strengthened dryness and drought in parts of Mozambique and Malawi.

  6. Consistent heavy rains have triggered flooding over parts of Angola, DRC, Burundi, Kenya, Zambia, and Tanzania. Forecast additional rains maintain a high flood risk.