Kenya Meteorological Department has issued a fresh flood warning to people living in the Kenya-Ethiopia border effective May 1.
The flood would be occasioned by a heavy downpour of more than 50mm/24hrs over the Ethiopian Highlands, said weathermen.
Stella Aura, meteorological services director, said the possible flooding would affect residents of Mandera, Wajir, and Marsabit counties.
“Residents in all the mentioned areas are alerted to be on the lookout for potential flash-floods that may occur in places where heavy rainfall has not been received and especially in areas which are known to be water paths from the neighboring Ethiopia,” said Stella.
The warning came just two days after flood displaced more than 300 families from their homes in Migori, southwestern of the country.
Last year, scores also died, and thousands were displaced following a massive mudslide in Kenya’s counties of Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot in Rift Valley.
The flood destroyed property of unknown value, crops washed away, and roads reduced to ruins, leading to untold miseries to the residents.
“When I opened the door, I saw raging water and rocks rolling furiously towards our house. I screamed and asked my husband who was sleeping with the child to come out immediately. He almost ignored my distress calls saying it was ordinary floods experienced in the area,” narrated one of the victims.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.