Weatherman issues nationwide flood warning

By , K24 Digital
On Sun, 26 Apr, 2020 14:30 | < 1 min read
Kenya-MET has warned that Nairobi, Central Kenya and Coastal counties will experience heavy rainfall beginning Wednesday, October 16, at 6am. [PHOTO | FILE]
Several parts of the country are still expected to continue receiving moderate rainfall from April 26 to April 30. PHOTO | FILE
About 600 centimetres (two feet) of water can move a car. PHOTO | FILE

Several places in Western and Central Kenya regions are expected to continue receiving heavy rainfall over the next week, the weatherman has said.

Nairobi and several pockets in the northeastern, northwestern and coastal strip are also among areas to receive rainfall of more than 20mm in the next 24 hours.

"Since the water levels in most rivers are high and the ground is already saturated, the rains are likely to continue causing floods in low lying areas and landslides/mudslides in high-ground and sloppy areas," said the Kenya Meteorological Department on Sunday, April 26.

But the intensity of the rainfall is likely to reduce on May 1, said the Kenya Met.

Residents across the 47 counties have been advised to be on the lookout for potential floods.

"Floodwaters may appear in places where it has not rained heavily especially downstream. Residents are advised to avoid driving through or walking in moving water or open fields. They should also not shelter under trees and near grilled windows to minimize the exposure to lightning strikes," said the weatherman.

Further, the heavy rains may result in storm surges along the coast, hence fishermen and the entire marine industry should be on high alert.

The weatherman has also warned people living in landslide-prone areas, especially on the slopes of the Aberdare Ranges, Mt. Kenya, Western Kenya and other hilly areas to be on the lookout for cracks in the ground.