The rains have shifted south. That is incredibly good news as this will allow the Sahel region to dry out, while at the same time bring moisture to areas in the south that should be receiving rainfall this time of year. The south has yet to make up all of its deficits, but the improvement is noticeable. Sadly this shift has yet to do anything to improve rainfall in east Africa, which has been parched thus far during the Short Rains. The Short Rains last from October to December.
Sahel, as expected for this time of year. As of now, there have been no reports of large scale disease as a result of the flooding in Togo and Benin, however both Ghana and Nigeria are reporting cholera, diarrhea and dysentery. It will take months to clean up the mess left behind by the torrential rainfall in both the Guinea and the Sahel regions.
Rapid improvement reached into southern Africa with precipitation reaching the critical growing areas of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Beneficial moisture also fell across Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. With the exception of the Caprivi Strip, little to no rainfall was seen in northern Namibia and southern Angola. Much of the region is still facing season long deficits, however many areas of the south are now on an improvement trend. The wet season starts in October and lasts until May in the south, so there is still plenty of time to make up the deficits.