Met department warns of heavy rainfall in Rift Valley, Central, Lake Basin region

Met department warns of heavy rainfall in Rift Valley, Central, Lake Basin region
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The Kenya Meteorological department was warned that heavy rains being experienced in various parts of the Lake Basin, Central, Rift Valley and North-western Kenya will continue over the next one week.

According to the weatherman, heavy rainfall of more than 20mm in 24hrs is expected over western and central counties on Friday, September 17, 2021.

“It is likely to intensify to more than 30mm in 24hrs over western Kenya on Saturday 18th and on Sunday 19th September, 2021. The heavy rainfall is projected to reduce in intensity and coverage on Monday 20th September, 2021,” reads an alert from the weatherman.

The affected areas include; Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Trans Nzoia, Vihiga, Bungoma, Kakamega, Elgeyo Marakwet, Narok, Bomet, Kericho, Nakuru, Migori, Nyamira, Kisii, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Siaya, Busia, West Pokot, Turkana, Samburu, Baringo , Nyeri, Kiambu, Laikipia, Nyandarua, Murang’a, Embu, Meru, Kirinyaga, and Tharaka Nithi.

Residents in all the mentioned 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 lighting strikes.

“People In landslide prone areas should be on high alert,” stated the met. department.

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