The Kenya Meteorological Service has issued a warning of heavy rains across the country starting from Thursday 1st to 3rd March, 2018.
The weatherman says the torrential rains measuring more than 50mm will be experienced in Western, Nyanza, Rift Valley, Northern Kenya, South Coast and Central regions including Nairobi in the next 24 hours.
Counties in Western, Nyanza, Rift Valley, Central and Southern lowlands will continue receiving heavy rainfall on Saturday 3rd March in the afternoon.
The rains will however reduce in intensity over Eastern, Coast and Northern regions but moderate rainfall will continue over the rest of the country.
The department has warned residents in urban areas to be on the lookout for flash floods and flooded seasonal rivers.
During the March-May 2018 rainfall season, much of the country and especially most of the eastern sector is likely to experience generally depressed rainfall.
Meteorological Service says counties that will receive heavy rainfall during the said period include Kisii, Kericho, Bomet, Narok, Migori, Kakamega, Kajiado Nakuru Kwale, Marsabit, Turkana and Samburu. Others are Nairobi, Nyeri, Kiambu, Murang’a Kitui, Machakos, Makueni and Taita Taveta.
The onset of rains in the country will come as a relief to many Kenyans who have had to bear the brunt of a severe drought.
According to UNICEF over 2.7 million people have been affected by the below average performance of the 2016/2017 short and long rains leading to a severe drought in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) of Kenya.
The hardest hit counties by the drought are Baringo, Garissa, Isiolo, Mandera, Marsabit, Samburu, Tana River, Turkana, and Wajir. Many schools in these areas have closed as a direct result of the drought.