Heavy rains likely to intensify in Taita Taveta

Nairobians wade through a flooded section of the city. PHOTO COURTESY

Taita taveta is the only county in the coast region where heavy rains are likely to intensify on Wednesday.

According to an alert issued by the Kenya Meteorological (MET) Department, the heavy rainfall is likely to intensify from Wednesday 4th of December and is expected to continue up to Friday 6th.

The intensity and coverage are likely to decrease from Saturday.

“The tropical storm off Somalia Coast has moved the rain bearing system (ITCZ – Inter tropical Convergence Zone) eastwards into Kenya causing the heavy rainfall being experienced in Western, Central and Rift Valley. Rainfall is expected to reduce in intensity from Saturday when the storm hits the Somalia Coast and weakens,” read a tweet from the MET department.

Other counties to be affected include:Narok, Kajiado, Bomet, Kericho, Nakuru, Mogori, Nyamira, Kisii, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Siaya, Busia, West Pokot, Uasin Gishu, Baringo, Nandi, Trans Nzoia, Bungoma, Kakamega Elgeyo Marakwet, Nairobi, Nyeri, Embu, Laikipia, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Murang’a, Kitui, Machakos and Makueni.

“Residents in all the mentioned areas are advised to be on the lookout for floods. Flood waters may suddenly appear even in places where it has not rained heavily and can be deeper and faster than they look. Residents are advised to avoid driving through or walking in moving water or open fields, and not to shelter under trees and near grilled windows to minimize exposure to lightning strikes,” said the MET department in the alert.

The rainfall is expected to continue throughout the month of December with occasional breaks.

According to the Government Spokesperson, Cyrus Oguna, the death toll following flooding in several parts of the country is 132 with a number of people still missing. Approximately 330,000 people have been affected by the rains with 17,000 already displaced.
This comes just a few days after more than 200 households were affected in Tanzania, Mwingoni, Msambweni and Ghaza villages of Voi sub-county after the Voi river broke its banks following heavy rains.