East African Food Shortages Loom on Erratic Rains, Flooding, Group Warns

Humanitarian organizations should prepare for food shortages in parts of East Africa amid forecasts of erratic rains across the region, the Nairobi-based Food Security & Nutrition Working Group said.

Uganda, Sudan and western Kenya may face flooding between late 2010 and mid-2011, while parts of Rwanda and Burundi, eastern Kenya, Somalia, southeastern Ethiopia and Djibouti could suffer from failed rains, according to an e-mailed statement today from the organization.

Humanitarian organization need to prepare now to “protect livelihoods and avoid later costly lifesaving emergency interventions,” the group said.

The erratic rains will be caused by the La Niña climatic event, when cooler than normal sea-surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific ocean impact global weather patterns.

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