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FAO says Kenya to expect El Nino rains

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has forecast El Nino rains in Kenya for the second part of this year. The report seen by MWINGI TIMES was released on April 26 , 2023. It is titled "El Nino to return in 2023 following a three year La Nina lapse".
A rainy day./COURTESY 

The UN agency confirmed that El Nino rains will occur in the East African country.
"Weather forecast points to a transition to an El Nino state in the second half of 2023", said FAO.

Near East Asian countries are also expected to experience El Nino.

On the other hand, there will be La Nina which is the opposite of El Nino and is marked by prolonged dry conditions. 12 African countries have been cited by FAO to be likely to experience La Nina. Most of them are in West and Southern parts of the African continent.

They are Botswana, Cote D'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Others to experience La Nina will be nations situated in South East Asia, Australia, South America and Central America.

Some of the measures FAO says will reduce adverse effects of floods and other weather catastrophes associated with El Nino rains are establishing storage sites and providing for storage equipment to reduce post harvest losses. For example, hermatic bags are ideal in storing grains for a long period of time.

Other measures are early harvesting of crops after the March-April-May long rains season. Governments have been urged to be ready in providing humanitarian aid to their citizens such as giving unconditional cash transfers to vulnerable communities upon early warnings and ahead of landfall.


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