Kenya releases heavy rainfall warning for Friday

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By NECJOGHA

Nairobi, Kenya – The Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) has warned of heavy rains today Friday in the southern and western parts of the country.

“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 24hrs is expected as from Friday November 29, 2019 over the South Rift, Central Rift and Nyanza Regions’” a release signed by Dr. David Gikungu for Director, Kenya Meteorological Department says.

KMD says the heavy rainfall is likely to spread over parts of Central Kenya, Nairobi, South East lowlands on Tuesday December 3, 2019. Area(s) of Concern: Narok, Kajiado, Bomet, Kericho, Nakuru, Migori, Nyamira, Kisii, Homa Bay, Kisumu and Siaya. Others are Nairobi, Nyeri, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Machakos and Makueni.

 It advises all residents in all the mentioned areas to be on the lookout for potential floods. Flood waters may suddenly appear even in places, particularly lowlands, where it has not rained heavily and can be deeper and faster than they look.

“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. 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,” the release adds and says that updates will be provided promptly if there are any changes.

In a general advice to the public KMD says: Heavy rainfall that is being experienced across the country has led to overflow in most rivers and the grounds are already saturated with water. The rainfall is expected to continue for the entire season but with occasional breaks. Flooding and landslides may therefore be triggered by any substantial amount of rainfall in low-lying areas and over hilly grounds. The public is advised to be on the lookout.

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