The Meteorological department has announced scattered rains on 28th March after months of scorching sun that has sky-rocked vegetables prices and left a dark cloud of starvation in North and Western Kenya.
The rains though, according to the Meteorological department will only be experienced for a day before dry hot conditions resume on 29th March. Nairobi will have high temperatures of 32 degrees Celsius which will also occur in Central Kenya.
Turkana County which has reported deaths in March following a drought that caused widespread starvation will sadly continue to experience the highest of temperatures at 40 degrees Celsius.
The Western region was however been assured of showers and thunderstorms throughout the week, which will be April’s first, especially in the afternoons.
Parts of the Northeastern region in Kenya are also expected to receive heavy rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday according to the Acting Met director Stella Aura.
A majority of regions in Kenya will only receive the scattered short rains on Thursday afternoon before the scorching sun returns on Friday.
The short rains may not reduce the drought situation facing a number of Counties in the Country or the water shortage issue but heavy rains are expected around the second week of April and Kenyans are advised to prepare to harvest as much water as they can.
The meteorological department has blamed the March 14th tropical Cyclone that occurred in Mozambique on Kenya’s drought citing that it drew rains meant for Kenya.
“The cyclone significantly reduced moisture influx into the country and this led to the continued sunny and dry weather conditions,” Aura spoke of the Idai Cyclone that has currently weakened.
“The spatial and temporal distribution of the March-May 2019 seasonal rainfall was expected to be good over most of the Western sector,” Aura said adding that however existence of tropical cyclones resulted into poor distribution over the Western sector of the country.
US civilian space programme, Nasa, has however warned that though Cyclone Idai in Mozambique had weakened, Cyclone Joaninha near Mauritius is mounting and could affect the moisture influx in East Africa, which could greatly affect Kenya’s rainfall.
Kenya has 17 Counties faced with drought according to the National Drought Management Authority where over a million people are faced with starvation.
The National Government is mandated with reducing drought risk through the co-ordination of the National Drought Management Authority. A kitty that will be managed by a secretariat within the Council of Governors has been established where every County is expected to contribute 1 million shillings.
Kenyans have come out to contribute to the drought-hit Counties and question the Government on its failure to act before the situation got out of hand.
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