El Nino likely to hit Kenya hard yet again

El Nino does not conjure good memories for Kenyans. The El Nino rains of 1997/98 caused floods, adversely affecting over 750,000 people and costing the economy $800 million.

The agricultural sector alone suffered estimated losses of $236 million.

The burden to public health was enormous, with outbreaks of cholera, malaria, and Rift Valley fever due to poor sanitation and lack of portable water.

Now the El Nino rains are here again and many parts of the country are feeling their effect.