Kenya’s weatherman has projected heavy rainfall in parts of the country, including Nairobi, in the coming days until Monday, October 28.
The Kenya Meteorological Department, in its weekly weather forecast, warns that some parts of the country will experience up to 20mm of rains and are expected to experience floods which might lead to road slippery as well as poor visibility.
Areas likely to be affected include Nairobi, Central, Coast, Western, South and North Eastern regions.
“The intensities are expected to be higher especially over Central, Northeast and Coastal regions,” the Met Dept. said.
The weatherman further warned that several parts of the country are expected to experience heavy downpour of more than 20mm in 24 hours.
“Residents in all the mentioned areas are advised to be on the lookout for potential flash floods, flood waters may suddenly appear even in places where it has not rained heavily and can be deeper and faster than they look,” the weatherman warned in a statement.
“Residents are also advised to avoid driving through, or walking in moving water of open fields and not to shelter under trees and near grilled windows to minimize exposure to lightning strikes.”
This comes as government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna on Thursday said at least 29 people have lost their lives countrywide due to floods caused by the heavy rains in the past three weeks.
11,700 persons have been displaced and 10,000 livestock swept away during the same period.
He said counties most affected are Lamu, Kwale and Garissa.
“There have been rescue operations enhanced to help those displaced to be taken to safe areas,” Oguna said, adding that the national government is working closely with county governments and the Red Cross to provide assistance to the affected counties.