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03 June 2011

Africa Update #32: Improvement in West Africa

This past week brought significant improvement to the available moisture in west Africa. Elsewhere, rains continue to look good in the Ethiopian Highlands and across the Maghreb.

Rainfall has improved substantially across west Africa. Much of Sudan, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger all saw above average precipitation, during the past week. Chad, on the other hand, and nearby areas of surrounding countries continued to watch deficits climb. This includes some of the Darfur region of Sudan. Far west Africa, from Burkina Faso and Benin to Senegal, rains remain seasonable. Eastward towards Ethiopia, the highland areas are looking good for the short cycle crops and heartier long cyclone crops.

In the north, rains continue to look seasonable, to slightly wetter than normal across Morocco and Tunisia, with near normal rains across coastal Algeria and Libya. A severe storm over the Mediterranean managed to capsize a boat filled with refugees from Libya heading to Tunisia. There were several fatalities.

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