Kenya Met issues flood alert

The Kenya Meteorological Department has issued a flood alert following heavy rains that are expected to hit the Coastal region and parts of North Eastern starting Friday.

In their advisory, the Kenya Meteorological Department noted that the peak of the season could see more rainfall being experienced along the coastal strip and urged the public to be cautious and not wade through water to avoid drowning.

The Director of Meteorological Service, Peter Ambeje, is calling on county governments to ensure that drainage systems are unclogged so as to prevent the formation of flash floods that pose a danger to residents.

He is also urging the public to make good use of the short rains that have peaked across the country.

Ambenje said the October, November to December short rains season, “is good and if well utilized we should see our food security situation improve tremendously.”

He noted that the peak of the season could see more rainfall being experienced along the coastal strip and urged the public exercise caution to avoid drowning.

In the November weather forecast, the weatherman says the Highlands West of the Rift Valley, Lake Basin, Central Rift Valley, Highlands East of the Rift Valley including Nairobi area are likely to experience enhanced rainfall during the month of November.

Specifically these include, Highlands West of the Rift Valley; Kitale, Kericho, Nandi, Eldoret, and Kakamega. The Lake Basin region of Kisumu, Kisii and Busia, the Central Rift Valley; Nakuru, and Naivasha, the Highlands East of the Rift Valley; Nyeri, Muranga, Kiambu, Embu, Meru together with the Nairobi area of Dagoretti, Wilson, Eastleigh are likely to receive near-normal to above-normal which is generally enhanced rainfall.

The Coastal strip of Mombasa, Mtwapa, Malindi, Kilifi, Lamu will receive near normal rainfall.

The extreme northern areas of Mandera and much of Marsabit, Northwestern Kenya; Turkana and Pokot counties, parts of the North Rift; Baringo and northern parts of Elgeyo Marakwet, the South Rift region of Narok and Kajiado counties whose onset was set for the first to the second week of November are expected to receive near normal rainfall.

Much of the Northeastern; Isiolo, Garbatulla, Wajir, Garissa counties and Southeastern; Machakos, Makindu, Voi, Taita-Taveta counties of Kenya are likely to experience generally depressed rainfall.

“Despite the forecasted depressed rainfall in Southeastern and Northeastern areas, a few storms may still occur during the month causing flash floods in isolated areas,” says the weatherman in the monthly forecast.

According to the Kenya Met Service, the good rainfall is expected to improve agricultural activities in several parts of the country “and more so over the western and central regions.”

However, the Southeastern region where the rainfall is expected be depressed, agricultural activities are likely to be interfered with “bearing in mind that October-November-December is considered as the major rainfall season for the region.”

Sustained rainfall in high agricultural potential areas of Uasin Gishu and Trans Nzoia counties is likely to affect harvesting and drying of food crops.

Pastoral communities are expected to recover from losses due to livestock deaths as the drought ends and foliage and pasture and water conditions improve.

Water levels in the hydroelectric power generating dams are expected to improve and enhance the capacity for hydroelectric power generation.



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