Drought affects progress

Drought affects progress

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Date: 22/04/2009

Our own correspondent from Kenya, Gill has the following news from Musul.

As the rains have failed the community does not expect the drought to break properly till next year.

Obviously we can start no new school building projects until it rains well... luckily the Kijabe Trust have  finished most of the Ngabolo school work before their dam has gone dry.

The Musul classroom repairs/finish await rain, they have no water at all. John Elias has gone today to meet the District Commissioner over emergency water measures. Food and water will remain the key issues for the year now.

A new study, co-funded by NASA, has identified a link between a warming Indian Ocean and less rainfall in eastern and southern Africa. Computer models and observations show a decline in rainfall, with implications for the region’s food security.

Rainfall in eastern Africa during the rainy season, which runs from March through May, has declined about 15 percent since the 1980s, according to records from ground stations and satellites. Statistical analyses show that this decline is due to irregularities in the transport of moisture between the ocean and land, brought about by rising Indian Ocean temperatures, according to research published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This interdisciplinary study was organized to support U.S. Agency for International Development’s Famine Early Warning Systems Network.

“The last 10 to 15 years have seen particularly dangerous declines in rainfall in sensitive ecosystems in East Africa, such as Somalia and eastern Ethiopia,” said Molly Brown of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., a co-author of the study. “We wanted to know if the trend would continue or if it would start getting wetter.”

Source: NASA