Warning of floods as heavy rains expected within the next three days

Meteorological Department has issued an alert of possible flooding in parts of the Rift Valley, Western Kenya, and the Aberdares and Mt. Kenya highlands where heavy rains are expected in the next three days.

Peter Ambenje, a Director with the Kenya Meteorological Department advised residents in affected areas to be on the lookout for flash floods as some areas which were previously dry may receive heavy rainfall during the late afternoons and night.

In an advisory of expected heavy rains Ambenje said ponds and large bodies of moving water may suddenly appear in unlikely places hence people should avoid wading through such waters when one foot high.

He said heavy rainfall of more than 50mm is likely to occur in the evening from about 3pm Wednesday October 11, in some counties around the South Rift Valley region and parts of Aberdare Ranges.

On Thursday, October 12, areas under threat of heavy rainfall and possible floods may extend to parts of Western Kenya, Central Rift Valley and Mt. Kenya highlands.

A similar situation may be experienced on Friday October 13, but may be confined to fewer areas around the Mt. Elgon region, added the director.

The counties likely to receive the heavy rains today evening include; Kericho, Bomet, Kisii, parts of Narok and parts of the Aberdares with an epicenter in South Rift Valley.

On Thursday, the epicenter will shift to the Central Rift Valley and Western Kenya with Trans Nzoia, Bungoma, Laikipia, and parts of Samburu, Kericho, Bomet, Migori, Nakuru and parts of Narok counties mostly affected.

On Friday, the heavy rains may remain in Counties around Mt. Elgon, he explained.

Source: Kenya News Agency