Heavy rainfall expected in parts of the country, weatherman says

Man rescues calf stuck in floodwaters in Kabuto Village, Nyatike sub-county on April 6, 2023. [Caleb King'wara, Standard]

Kenya Met Department has urged Kenyans in various regions to brace themselves for heavy rainfall in several parts of the country.

In a statement, the department said that these regions include the Rift Valley, Coast, and Lake Victoria regions.

However, regions like the Northeastern and Central Highlands might experience floods as rainfall will intensify in the coming days.

Already on the eastern side of Mandera, there were floods after a heavy rainfall that lasted for about five hours.

According to Kenya Met, the rainfall will be accompanied by gusty winds which may cause structural damage.

It is for this reason that Met urges people to be on the lookout and avoid driving and walking in moving water.

Last month the talks of  El Nino rains had topped social media trends after it was predicted to begin in October.

This is after the Kenya Meteorological Department reaffirmed that the El Nino rains still remain a reality in the September to December weather forecast.

“Kindly take note that the El Niño phenomenon remains in effect. As a result, it is expected that both the month of October and the entire season is likely to receive above-average rainfall, which remains linked to the ongoing El Nino event,” Kenya Met said.

However, President Ruto on October 22 announced that Kenya will not experience El Nino as predicted by scientists in the country.

Instead, he said that the October-December season will have short rains that will not necessarily cause devastating impacts.

So far that has been witnessed in some counties.