Kenyans have been warned by the Meteorological department of heavy rainfall for the remaining days of January.
According to the Kenya Met department, rainfall of more than 20mm in 24hrs which was expected to start on Thursday 23rd in parts of the Southwest, Central and Nairobi area is expected to spread to western, Southeastern, coast and northeastern regions on Friday 24th January 2020.
The rainfall is expected to intensify to more than 30mm in 24hrs from Saturday 25th to Monday 27th January 2020 over the Coast, Southeast, Central including Nairobi area, western and parts of northeastern regions. The coverage and intensity is expected to reduce over Southeastern, Northeastern & the Coast from 28th January 2020.
However, on 28th and 29th January 2020 western and central rift valley regions are expected to receive more than 40mm of rainfall in 24hrs, but the rainfall is projected to reduce as from 30th January 2020 over most parts of the country.
Among areas of concern mentioned in the statement include,N airobi, 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” read the statement from Kenya Met.