Beware of heavy rains in the country – Weatherman
Residents in most parts of the country especially farmers have the next few hours to prepare for heavy incoming rains as from Thursday following the Tuesday’s alerts by the Kenya Meteorological Department that most places in the country will receive heavy rainfall.
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The two-day forecast which covers periods between September 19 and 25 will Rift Valley, Nyanza, Central and Western Kenya receive a relative amount of rainfall.
According to the Meteorological Department’s assistant director Mr. Samwel Mwangi, heavy rainfall would be recorded in Bomet, Narok, Kisii, Migori and Kericho counties. Other counties that may experience similar rains are Kajiado, Nakuru, Kwale Marsabit, Turkana, Samburu, Nairobi, Nyeri, Kiambu, Muranga, Kakamega,Kitui, Machakos, Makueni and Taita Taveta.
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The dispatch indicates that the rainfall is likely to continue on Friday, March 2, over counties in the South Coast, western Kenya, Nyanza, Rift Valley, northern Kenya, and central Kenya, including Nairobi and southeastern lowlands.
On Saturday, March 3, the weatherman said counties in western Kenya, Nyanza, Rift Valley, central Kenya and south-eastern lowlands would continue receiving heavy rainfall in the afternoon.
The rains are expected reduce in intensity over the eastern, Coast and northern regions but moderate rainfall will continue over the rest of the country.
Kenyans especially those living in towns have been advised to be on the lookout for floods, which claimed the lives of five people last year.
According to the report, the rains are not proper onset of March – May rainfall season. Dry river beds may however be filled with moving water while soil erosion may ravage areas with dry and bare soils.
According to Rains Foundation Kenya organization, it doesn’t rain much in Kenya, mostly twice in a year in a few weeks of extremely heavy downpour. Therefore, a prevent drought and food scarcity, it is essential to make the best use of that water by upping our water harvesting techniques.
The organization further notes that of all the countries in East Africa, Kenya has been at the forefront of many innovative technologies to capture the scarce rainwater that large parts of the country receive.
The alert comes as more than 241,000 Coast residents face starvation, with children bearing the brunt. According to Kenya Red Cross Society, Kilifi, Tana River and Taita Taveta counties have been hardest hit by drought. Some Kilifi residents have turned to charcoal burning to make ends meet, depleting forest cover in Adu and Galana ranches.
Approximately 77,000 people are facing starvation in Taita Taveta, 35,000 in Tana River and 129,000 in Kilifi according to Hassan Musa.
.The weatherman advised Kenyans to look out for updates if conditions change significantly.