Met predicts depressed rainfall

By Judith Akolo

The Kenya Meteorological Service has predicted continued depressed rainfall in the country.

While releasing the long rains seasonal forecast, the Weathermen said except for Western, North Rift and North Western Kenya, the country will continue to suffer dry weather conditions.

This in essence means the country is not yet out of the woods and more contingency measures are needed to mitigate the resultant consequences of the drought.

According to the Acting Director of Meteorological Services, Peter Ambenje, a combination of  natural factors and conditions in the major oceans have conspired to deny the country the much needed moisture and rainfall.

The Western Counties, North Rift and North Western Kenya including West Pokot county are set to receive good rains during the season.

Other areas including Central Kenya, North Eastern, Eastern and the Coastal Region will receive below average rainfall during the March through to May season.

The country could see a reprieve this week when towards the end of the week, there could be showers over several places, but which the weathermen say will only help to reduce the dusty conditions.

The long drought ravaging the country has seen major cumulative deficits in moisture further complicating the situation for most parts of the country.



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