Rains are termed as a blessing across the Country as it involves the pouring down of water which is considered life, however, anything in excess is considered poisonous and the Kenya Meteorological Department is warning Kenyans to brace for floods.
The Kenya Meteorological Department has warned that heavy rains ought to be expected between 29th November 2019 and 4th December 2019 and is like to fall all the way to Christmas.
Regions expected to encounter floods include Nairobi, Nyeri, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Machakos, Makueni Narok, Kajiado, Bomet, Kericho, Nakuru, Migori, Nyamira, Kisii, Homa Bay, Kisumu and Siaya.
“The wet weather that is being experienced over southern and western parts of the country is expected to continue this week. Heavy rainfall of more than 30 mm in 24 hours is expected as from Friday, 29th November 2019, over the South Rift, Central Rift, and Nyanza Regions.,” said MET Kenya adding that the heavy rainfall is likely to spread over parts of Central Kenya, Nairobi, South East lowlands on 3th December, 2019.
The Meteorological department has warned Kenyans to keep off overflowing rivers and grounds that are already flooded.
“Floodwaters may suddenly appear even in places, particularly lowlands, where it has not rained heavily and can be deeper and faster than they look,” MET warned.
“Residents are advised to avoid driving through or walking in moving water or open fields, and not to shelter under trees and near grilled windows to minimize exposure to lightning strikes,” MET added.
“People in landslide-prone areas especially over the slopes of the Aberdare ranges, Mt. Kenya and other hilly areas over the western region should be on high alert,” warned the Weatherman.
Barely a week ago, since the West Pokot villages rocked by deadly landslides resulting in the deaths of over 50 people despite the residents having been warned to move to safer areas.
“We gave our advisory, asking people to keep off the highland areas until when the rains subside. Some of them heeded the advice but others unfortunately ignored,” West Pokot Director of Meteorological Services Wilson Lonyang’ole said.