Nairobi, KENYA: Most parts of the country are expected to experience reduced rainfall in the months of October to December.
During a press briefing in Nairobi on Monday the Kenya Meteorological Department announced that the onset of the short rains would be delayed and Kenyans should expect a prolonged dry spell.
“Most parts of the country will experience depressed rainfall that will be poorly distributed. The expected rains are to be driven by the evolving La Nina conditions,” said the Deputy Director Kenya Meteorological Department Peter Ambenje.
Ambenje warned that areas likely to receive below to near normal rainfall are North Eastern counties of Mandera, Wajir, and Garissa.
“Expect the same to occur in the Coastal region of Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu,Taita Taveta and Tana River .It is predicted that Nairobi, Central and North Rift areas of Kenya are to be affected as well,” said the weatherman.
He expressed that the Western region would not be affected by the expected depressed rainfall.
“The anticipated prolonged dry spells will interfere with agriculture in most of the areas. Farmers are advised to liaise with the Ministry of Agriculture to plant appropriate crops,” said Ambenje.
Ambenje sounded an alarm to the relevant authorities that deal with water distribution in some of the urban areas in the country saying that a scarcity in the commodity could be witnessed.
“Water resources in urban areas of Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa, Garissa and Eldoret should be well managed following the October-December forecast. This should be taken with more consideration in marginal areas to help cater for human and animal population needs and minimize likelihood of conflicts,” said Ambenje.
“Inadequate domestic water supply can lead to an outbreak of diseases associated with improper hygiene,” concluded the weatherman.