Weatherman warns of heavy rains in various counties at the Coast

Motorist wade through a flooded road at Bamburi in Mombasa. PHOTO/FILE

Mombasa, KENYA: The Kenya Meteorological Department has warned of heavy rainfalls expected over various parts of Coastal Kenya that are likely to cause flooding.

The weather advisory issued on Monday stated that from Tuesday, Kwale, Mombasa and parts of Kilifi counties will experience heavy rains of more than 30mm in 24 hours.

The rains are expected to take 3 days starting Tuesday all the way to Thursday.

In the advisory issued by the department, the rains may start from the southern coast on Teusday and spread to the northern Coast on Thursday.

“The rains may start from southern Coast and spread into the northern areas by Wednesday and may continue to Thursday. The rains are likely to cause flooding in low lying areas near the coastline, river lines, areas near dams and other water repositories,” stated an advisory from the Director of Kenya Meteorological Department.

On Wednesday, the flooding may worsen in some parts of the region due to water accumulation on the ground from the rains expected on Tuesday, this is according to the advisory.

Residents have been warned against walking in moving water or driving through it.

They were also urged to move to safer grounds until the flooding subside.

The rains are also on Wednesday expected to spread to Lamu, the coastal parts of Tana River and southern parts of Taita Taveta counties.

Earlier in May this year, Several schools in Mombasa and Kilifi counties were shut down and bridges cut off in Kwale following the heavy downfall that was experienced.

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The flooding was worsened by poor drainage in Mombasa, with County Commissioner Evans Achoki saying hundreds of families had been displaced.