EFFECTS OF EL NINO ON KENYA DISSIPATING

By Judith Akolo

NAIROBI, The Kenya Meteorological Service has announced that effects on Kenya the El Nino phenomenon in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean is beginning to dissipate and its January forecast says most parts of the country are likely to remain generally sunny.

However, it notes that the even as the El Nino phenomenon continues to reduce because of falling sea surface temperatures over the Equatorial Pacific Ocean, some regions in Kenya are expected to continue receiving rainfall through this month.

The outlook for January indicates that the Lake Basin and parts of Central Rift Valley, Western Highlands, Central Highlands, the southeastern lowlands and the coastal strip are likely to experience occasional rainfall “that may be slightly enhanced”, Director of Meteorological Service James Kongoti said here Monday.

The Kenya Meteorological Service says that the enhanced rainfall performance during the short rains season of October through December in most parts of the country have resulted in good crop performance in the agricultural areas.

“The good rainfall performance also increased pastures for livestock in the pastoral areas of Northern Kenya including Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit and Moyale,” says the Meteorological Service.

The level of water for hydro-electric power generation improved significantly as a result of the high intensity of rainfall in the catchment areas, resulting in runoffs.

The negative impacts — such as flooding, landslides and mudslides and lightning strikes — were reported in a number of places.

Source: KBC