The Kenya Meteorological Department has issued a weather advisory warning of potential flooding due to heavy rains currently impacting several regions of the country.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Director of the Kenya Meteorological Department, David Gikungu, highlighted that the intense downpours affecting the northeast, northwest, and central highlands are expected to exacerbate and extend to additional areas, including Nairobi, the south-eastern lowlands, the western regions, and the coast.
The forecast indicates that rainfall exceeding 30mm within a 24-hour period is anticipated to persist from Friday, the 3rd of November, through Sunday, the 5th.
Gikungu specified, “The affected regions include Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Isiolo, Samburu, Turkana, Embu, Nyeri, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Murang’a, Meru, Kirinyaga, Tharaka Nithi, Nairobi, Busia, Kisii, Nyamira, Kericho, Bomet, Nakuru, Narok, Migori, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, West Pokot, Baringo, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Vihiga, Bungoma, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Siaya, Kakamega, Kajiado, Machakos, Kitui, Makueni, Lamu, Tana-River, Taita Taveta, Kwale, Kilifi, and Mombasa counties.”
The intensity of the rains is expected to decrease on Monday, the 6th of November, particularly over the southeastern lowlands and parts of the northeast. Additionally, these rains may be accompanied by strong gusty winds, capable of causing damage such as roof displacement, tree uprooting, and structural harm.
Given the risk of landslides, residents living in hilly areas, particularly along the Aberdare ranges, Mt. Kenya, and other regions in the west, have been urged to remain vigilant.
Director Gikungu advised, “Residents in all the aforementioned areas should be on the alert for potential floods. Floodwaters may appear even in places where there has not been heavy rainfall, particularly downstream. People are advised to refrain from driving or walking through flowing water or open fields and to avoid seeking shelter beneath trees or near exposed windows during rainy conditions to minimize exposure to lightning strikes.”