Govt Warns of Floods & Landslides in 4 Regions Including Lake Basin & North Eastern Regions

Floods wreaking havoc in Kitengela
Floods wreaking havoc in Kitengela.

The government on Tuesday warned of potential floods in four regions particularly those located near large water bodies such as lakes.

The government spokesperson, Isaac Mwaura in his advisory announced that floods were expected in low-lying areas, riparian and urban areas.

Kenyans were further cautioned of potential landslides and mudslides with Mwaura stating that such incidents were expected in steep slopes, escarpments and ravines.

Among the regions warned to brace for potential floods included the Lake Victoria basin, the Lake Baringo basin, the North Eastern regions and the North Coastal regions.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua addressing the nation on the flood crisis on April 26, 2024.

According to Mwaura, Lake Victoria and Lake Baringo were projected to continue causing backflow and cause floods to counties located within the two water bodies.

Meanwhile, the overflow of the Seven Forks Dams is likely to exacerbate flooding in the Tana Delta and impact Garissa, Tana River, and Lamu Counties.

"The government appeals to all Kenyans to follow the guidance and advisories from the Kenya Meteorological Department," the government spokesperson urged Kenyans.

Nonetheless, the government spokesperson noted several other regions were undergoing post-floods recovery and the government had set the stage for the reconstruction of schools and repairs for other affected infrastructure.

In his report, Mwaura revealed that a total of 289 people had lost their lives following the severe weather conditions that were recently witnessed across the country.

The government spokesperson also revealed that a total of 57,120 households had been displaced and that approximately 285,600 people had been impacted by the floods.

"The government sends its sincere condolences to the affected family and friends and continues to monitor the flooding
situation," Mwaura announced.

"To mitigate the impact of the floods on our agricultural sector, there is currently enhanced surveillance for vector-borne diseases in all Counties," he added.

Floods covering part of Thika Highway on April 24, 2024
Floods covering part of Thika Highway on April 24, 2024