Horn of Africa Continues to Suffer from Drought Despite Rainfall

The March-May rainfall in most of the areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia that had suffered drought was insufficient to restore food security. The June-September rains in the Greater Horn of Africa have, however, been normal or above-normal, leading to serious flooding in Ethiopia and some parts of Kenya and Somalia, according to an August report by the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS Net) and several partners.

Still, there was not enough rain in many areas for crop production and pasture regeneration, and residents—particularly pastoral and agro-pastoral households—would therefore still require emergency humanitarian support until the end of 2006. The drought affected an estimated 11 million people in eastern Africa.