Kenyans told to brave for heavy rains in the next three months

The Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) has announced long rain seasons in March, April to May.

The weatherman also warned of flooding in Budalang’I (western Kenya), Nyando and Baringo (Rift Valley) as well as in the South-Eastern lowlands, Tana- River and Garissa counties.

Director of Kenya Meteorological Department Stella Aura cautioned care in the Kakamega and Kisii districts where lightning is abundant while announcing the extended rains seasonal forecast.

“There will be enhanced rainfall over the Highlands West of the Rift Valley, the Lake Victoria Basin, Central and South Rift Valley, the North-west, the Highlands East of the Rift Valley, including Nairobi County, and the South Eastern lowlands,” she said

She noted that near-average rainfall is expected over the North-eastern and the Coastal region.

Aura also urged the ASAL counties to put in place soil conservation measures owing to the heavy rainfall which may lead to soil erosion.

Due to the expected moisture after a lengthy period of dry weather, Aura warned that the arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) could suffer an increase in pests and animal diseases and advised them to keep enough herbicides and insecticides.

According to KMD, the current shortage of food, water, and pasture for humans, livestock, and wildlife will likely persist for some time, and the National and County governments, as well as humanitarian organizations, are encouraged to continue with the measures that are being implemented to prevent the loss of lives, livelihoods, and livestock.

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