Met department warns of more flooding a head as heavy rains return in April

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,31ST MARCH 2018-Many  parts of the country  will experience heavy rains in the month of April that may result in flooding.This is according to Kenya meteorological department.

Head of Meteorological services Peter Ambenje said April marks the climax of the long rains.

“Several parts of the country are likely to experience enhanced rainfall that may be characterised by heavy storms over areas in Western, Northwestern, Central and parts of Southeastern,” he said.

He  has urged farmers to take advantage of the good rains and apply appropriate farming methods to maximise crop yield.

“Chances of flooding are still high especially in the riparian and low-lying areas including urban centres. Cases of lightning strikes are also highly probable especially in western Kenya,” Ambeje said.

 

“Flooding is conducive for mosquito breeding. This is expected to lead to malaria outbreak. The Ministry of Health is, therefore, encouraged to map out possible outbreak areas and to intensify surveillance of such diseases,” he said.

Ambenje said only the Coast and Northeastern Kenya will be spared. “The rainfall in these areas is likely to be poorly distributed, both in time and space,” he said.

The long rains season began mid March in most places and has been characterized by heavy storms and floods that have led to deaths and destruction of infrastructure among them cutting major roads linking various parts of the country.Early this months rain waters washed away parts of the Narok-Mai Mahiu road  disrupting traffic for two consecutive days as well as killing a student who drowned  .It took the innervation of KENHA to have the part of the road repaired even as heavy rains pounded.  The rains were above average in most places.

“The onset of the March-May long rains was well within the predicted period of the third week of March. However, several parts of the country started receiving rain beginning of March,” Ambenje said.

 

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