Government Issues Warning on Flood Rains

  • The Kenya Meteorological Department on November 18, 2019, issued a notice to inform Kenyans of heavy rainfall expected to hit various parts of the country.

    As per the notice, the rains are expected to start off moderate, then intensify. The department set the moderate probability of the occurrence of the rains at between 33 per cent to 66 per cent.

    The wet weather being experienced across several parts of the country is expected to continue, however, heavy rainfall of more than 20mm is expected on Tuesday, November 19 over the North East, Central, Nairobi, and Western parts of the country.

    The Kenya Met Department issued a notice on November 18, asking Kenyans to be wary of potential flood rains in the course of the week.

    Kenyans were cautioned that the rains are expected at 20mm in the next 24 hours across various parts of the country and are will rise to 40mm from Thursday, November 21 to Sunday, November 24.

    Listed under the areas of concern are; Nairobi, Nyeri, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Murang'a, Embu, Meru, Kirinyaga , Tharaka Nithi, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Taita Taveta, Busia, Kisii, Nyamira, Kericho, Bomet, Nakuru, Baringo, Samburu, Narok, Migori, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, West Pokot, Southern Turkana, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Vihiga, Bungoma, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Siaya, Kakamega, Garissa, Marsabit, Mandera, and Wajir counties.

    Residents of the mentioned areas are therefore advised to be on the lookout for potential floods.

    The department warned of the emergence of floodwaters even in regions that have not flooded before which could be deeper and faster than before.

    Residents are advised against walking through or driving in moving water. They are also required not to take shelter in open fields or under trees or near grilled windows to avoid exposure to lightning strikes.

    A notice from the Kenya Met Department.

    The department urged people in landslide-prone areas to be on high alert, especially those along the Aberdares Ranges in Mt Kenya and other hilly areas.

    Further updates on the weather will be issued by the department.