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Expect more rains, met department warns

By Saada Hassan | April 20th 2020
Flooding in Nairobi: The Meteorological Department has advised Kenyans in flood-prone areas to stay on high grounds. [File, Standard]

Brace yourself for heavy downpour in the next couple of days. According to the weatherman, the heavy rain currently being experienced is expected to continue in Western, central region including Nairobi area, North Eastern, North Western and Coastal region of Kenya. 

Kenya Meteorological Department has warned that the rainfall intensity will increase progressively to 40mm between Thursday 23 and Friday 24.

On Saturday April 25 the heavy downpour is expected to reduce across the country.

Some of the areas that should be on high alert according to the meteorological department include; Kwale, Kilifi, Mombasa, Lamu, Tana-River, Wajir, Marsabit, Taita- Taveta, Nairobi, Nyeri, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Murang’a, Embu, Meru, Kirinyaga, Tharaka Nithi, Isiolo, Samburu, Turkana, Machakos, Kitui, Makueni, Garissa, Busia, Kisii, Nyamira, Kericho, Bomet, Nakuru, Narok, Migori, Trans- Nzoia,   Nandi, West Pokot, Baringo, Uasin- Gishu, Elgeyo- Marakwet, Vihiga, Bungoma, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Siaya, Kakamega and Nakuru.

“Residents in all the mentioned areas are advised to be on the lookout for potential floods. They are also advised to avoid driving through, or walking in moving water or open fields and not to shelter under trees and near grilled windows to minimize exposure to lighting strikes.” says the director of meteorological services, Stella Aura.

Further the director adds,

“The heavy rains, large waves and strong winds off shore may result in storm surge along the coast; hence fishermen and all in the Marine industry should be on high alert. People in landslide prone areas especially over the slopes of the Aberdare ranges, Mt. Kenya and other hilly areas over the western region should be vigilant.”

The country has been experiencing heavy down pour in some months during this year, on March 30 in a statement, the meteorological department had predicted rains of above 70 millimeters that were expected to hit parts of Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Lamu, Kwale and Kitui counties.

It was expected to last through to April 6, 2020.

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