Kigali, Rwanda - Meteorological experts gathered this week in Entebbe, Uganda, have predicted heavy rainfall with flood risks for the equatorial parts of the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) between March and May 2014.
They said, in an official statement Thursday, that episodic weather events would lead to flash floods in several parts of Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi as well as Western parts of Ethiopia and Kenya.
The statement, issued by the Kenya-based IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), said majors drivers of this phenomenon are mainly the cooling sea-surface temperatures over the Western Indian ocean and Arabian sea, leading to potential formation of tropical cyclones over south-western Indian ocean.
In a related development, the Rwanda meteorological service, in partnership with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees Affairs and the Rwanda red Cross, is looking to introduce a mobile phone application for weather forecasts to vulnerable communities living in remote rural area of the Central African nation.
According to the head of disaster management in the Rwanda Red Cross, Angelique Murungi, there is currently an early warning system for hydro-meteorological hazards that is being piloted in four districts in the western Rwanda, including Rubavu, Rutsiro, Ngororero and Nyabihu, that are described to be among the most prone to disasters.