Met department warns of torrential rains

The Kenya Meteorological Service has advised Kenyans to brace for heavier rains over many parts of the country in the next five days.

In a statement, the Meteorological department warned Kenyans to expect heavy rainfall of more than 50mm in the next 24 hours over Western Kenya, Southeastern lowlands, Central Rift Valley and Central Kenya including Nairobi area.

Parts of northern Kenya, Northeastern areas and coastal regions of Kwale, Lamu and northern parts of Tana River will also experience heavy rainfall.

The weatherman says heavy rainfall will continue on Saturday 17th March 2018 over counties in western, south and central Rift Valley, Southeastern, Isiolo and Samburu and Central parts of Kenya including Nairobi.

Counties that will be affected by the heavy deluge include Nairobi, Nyeri, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Muranga, Embu, Meru, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Taita Taveta, Kwale Kilifi and Mombasa.

Others are Kisii, Nyamira, Kericho, Bomet, Nakuru, Narok Migori, Nandi, Baringo, Tarans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu Elgeyo Marakwet, Vihiga, Bungoma, Homa Bay, Busia, Kisumu, Siaya, Garissa, Kakamega, Kajiado, Nakuru, Marsabit, Samburu and Isiolo.

The department further cautioned drivers against speeding owing to slippery roads and reduced visibility.

“Residents in urban and low lying areas are advised to be on the lookout for floods. Those in lighting prone areas should avoid sheltering under tall trees or next to grilled windows in the house and walking in open fields when it is raining,” the statement said.

Fatalities

Four bodies were retrieved from River Athi Friday morning, raising the number of those who have died after heavy rains to at least 13.

The four died while attempting to cross the swollen river on Thursday night. Matungulu OCPD, Samuel Mukuusi, said the bodies were found at Joska-Kamulu Bridge. The identities of the victims were yet to be established.

A total of nine people died in massive destruction caused by torrential rains that continued to pound many parts of the country Thursday. Six people died in Mwingi, two in Kajiado and one student in Mai Mahiu, Naivasha, as several roads were cut-off and cars submerged in floodwater.

Meanwhile, a 30 year old man was Thursday swept away by raging floods in Soko Mjinga area in Isiolo County as he attempted to cross a flooded bridge.

Bishar Khalif who ignored warning from other pedestrians was swept away and his body later recovered at Safi estate, one kilometer down the valley.

Confirming the incident, Waso Sub-location assistant chief, Sarah Kananu, asked members of public to be on high alert and avoid crossing flooded areas as the heavy down pour continues.

She further asked those living close to valleys to consider shifting to safer places in order to reduce the risk of being swept away by the massive floods that have wreaked unprecedented havoc for the second day running as the water finds its way into peoples’ houses, damaging household items and business premises.

Residents of Isiolo have called upon the government to raise the bridge which gets overwhelmed by floods every time it rains and also reopen water paths which have been blocked by houses constructed along the water paths to help save lives and property. A motorbike carrying two pupils to school is also reported to have been swept away.

 

 

  

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