The heavy rainfall being experienced across the country will continue throughout this week, the weatherman has warned.
The Kenya Meteorological Department issued an advisory on Tuesday indicating the rains will intensify from Wednesday to Friday before a likely decrease on Saturday.
Areas expected to be affected include Nairobi, Embu, Meru, Nyeri, Kericho, Narok, Kajiado, Nakuru.
Other areas of concern are Elgeyo Marakwet, Kakamega, Uasin Gishu, Machakos, Makueni, Kitui, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Murang’a, Taita Taveta, Kisii, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Siaya, Baringo, West Pokot and Busia.
The met department indicated rains will also continue in the course of the month with occasional breaks.
“Updates will be provided promptly if there are any changes,” said the weatherman.
Residents in these areas are advised to be on the lookout for potential floods, 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 lightning strikes.
At the same time, the weatherman issued tips to remember during flooding.
Floods: Tips to remember
-15cm of fast-flowing water can knock over an adult
-About 60cm of water can move a car
-Avoid walking or driving through flood water
-Move your family upstairs or to a high place with a means of escape
-Do not touch sources of electricity when standing in flood water
-Put plugs in sinks and baths
-Weigh them down with a sandbag or a heavy object
-Floodwater can contain sewage, chemicals and animal waste, Wash your hands thoroughly if you touch it.
-Be on the lookout for potential floods as floodwaters may suddenly appear even in places where it has not rained heavily
-Floodwaters can be deeper and faster than they look. Residents are advised to avoid driving through or walking in moving water or open fields