Kenya Met Issues Floods Alert for 27 Counties

Floods in Nairobi Kenya

On Monday, February 26, the Kenya Meteorological Department issued a warning for 27 counties over anticipated heavy rainfall that may result in flooding across these regions.

Counties expected to be affected include Narok, Nakuru, Bomet, Kericho, Kisii, Nyamira, Migori, Homa Bay, Siaya, Uasin Gishu, Kiambu, Nyeri, Murang'a, and Kisumu.

Additionally, the alert extends to Nandi, Vihiga, Kakamega, Busia, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, West Pokot, Turkana, Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Taita Taveta, and Marsabit.

“The heavy rainfall is likely to be accompanied by gusty winds,” the advisory read in part.

A photo collage of Police Officers being rescued after their office was submerged by floods in coast on December 2, 2023
A photo collage of Police Officers being rescued after their office was submerged by floods in coast on December 2, 2023

According to Kenya Met, the aforementioned counties are expected to experience intense downpours from Monday, February 26, through Thursday, February 29.

Residents in all the mentioned areas were advised to be on the lookout for potential floods with the meteorological department adding that flood waters may appear where it has not rained, especially downstream.

“Residents are advised to avoid driving through, or walking in moving water or open fields and not to shelter under trees and near grilled windows to minimise exposure to lightning strikes,” the meteorological department warned.

“Gusty winds may blow off roofs, uproot trees and cause structural damages. Updates will be provided promptly if there are any changes.”

The flood update comes five days after the meteorological department warned of continued high temperatures in different parts of the country despite the ongoing rainfall.

Kenya Met in its advisory released on Tuesday, February 19, noted that temperatures in Nairobi and its neighbouring counties of Central Kenya would rise to 31 degrees.

"Make sure to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun's rays during the hot days, and bundle up warmly for the cooler nights. Stay safe and enjoy the diverse weather patterns across Kenya!" Kenyans were advised.

"The public is therefore advised to hydrate appropriately and avoid working in the open, especially in the afternoons," Kenya Met added.

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