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Weather experts warn on more flooding in June -August


The Flooded Internally Displaced camp in Bentiu (file photo)

By Kidega Livingstone

South Sudan Civil Aviation Authority directorate of meteorology has announced that more rainfall causing flooding is expected over the most parts of the Country from beginning of June to August 2018.

They termed it as Normal to above normal rainfall.”

According to the officials, the June, July and August 2018 rainfall forecast indicate increased likelihood for flooding in the flood prone area of Bor, Bentiu, Aweil, Pibor and Upper Nile States. “When measured it is above 50mm of rainfall.”

Speaking to Journalists during the release of the report, Forecaster at Meteorology Centre Mr. Samuel Thon said that South Sudan climate for this season has divided into two areas   that is Normal to above normal and above normal to normal rainfall (meaning the country is going to experience more rain especially in Upper Nile area and Central and eastern and other parts the rain would remain normal).

“The Normal to above normal indicates that this season the rain will be plenty and it is a continuation of March, April and May 2018 that will not stop. The areas that will be affected are northern, north-western and north-eastern parts of the Country because of the heavy rainfall at South Sudan Ethiopia border,” said Thon.

He said in Southern, central, eastern and western parts of the Country there will be normal to above normal meaning the rainfall will not exceed 50mm in measurement.

Thon emphasized that cooler average temperatures are also expected as more rainfall is going to come. He said average temperature is going to be cooler up to 38 Degree Celsius in most areas.

Meanwhile Head of Weather Forecast and Deputy Director for Meteorology Mr. Juma Ali Mohammed said that the department of meteorology is to inform the public about the weather. He said the department is not concern with the measurement of the risk that may occur.

According to Koppen and Geiger, Juba climate is classified as tropical when compared with winter, the summer have much more rainfall and the average annual temperature is 27.5 Degree Celsius with rainfall average to 941mm compared to other States in the north and north-eastern part.



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