Some parts of Kenya to experience heavy rains next week

Saturday, January 25th, 2020 13:33 | By
Mombasa residents brave the floods. PHOTO/FILE

The weatherman has warned that some parts of the country will experience heavy rainfall for the next one week.

Kenya Meteorological Service (KMS) Director Stella Aura said moderate to heavy rainfall is expected over Western and Central Rift on Monday to Wednesday.

Buildings destroyed in Joska area, Machakos county, following heavy rains. Photo/PD FILE

Other parts of the country are expected to receive moderate rainfall.

Aura said parts of the Southwest, Central and Nairobi area would experience rainfall of more than 20mm in 24hrs.

“The rainfall is expected to spread to Western, Southeastern, Coast and North-Eastern regions on January 24 2020,” she said.

From Saturday, January 25 to Monday, January 27 the rainfall is expected to intensify to more than 30mm in 24hrs over the Coast, Southeast, Central including Nairobi area, western and parts of northeastern regions.

The coverage and intensity of the rain is expected to reduce over Southeastern, Northeastern and the Coast from Tuesday, January 28.

However, on January 28 and 29 Western and Central Rift Valley regions are expected to receive more than 40mm of rainfall in 24hrs.

The met. Department says the rainfall is projected to reduce as from Thursday January 30 over most parts of the country.

Counties most likely to be affected include Nairobi, Nyeri, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Murang’a, Embu, Meru, Kirinyaga, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Taita Taveta, Busia, Kisii, Nyamira, Kericho, Bomet, Nakuru, Baringo, Samburu, West Pokot, Narok, Migori, Nandi, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Vihiga, Bungoma, Homa Bay, Busia, Kisumu, Siaya, Kakamega, parts of Kajiado, Nakuru, Isiolo, Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, parts of Tana River and Lamu.

“Residents in all the mentioned areas are advised to be on the lookout for potential flash floods. They 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 lighting strikes,” she said.

Last year, heavy rainfall experienced in parts of Central Kenya left a trail of destruction where landslides uprooted tea and coffee plantation, destroyed houses.

In West Pokot last year, over 30 people were killed by a landslide that burried a village.

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