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HEAVY RAINS TO CONTINUE TILL JUNE, WEATHER MAN SAYS

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The Meteorological Department has said that the heavy rains that have rocked the country in the recent weeks will continue till June.

The director of Meteorological Services, Mr Peter Ambenje, said most parts of the country will experience enhanced rainfall.

Heavy rains, which the weather man has described as long rains, have continued to hit several parts of the country since March resulting to flooding, which has caused destruction of properties and even loss of lives.

“Floods may continue to occur during the first half of the forecast period, especially in low-lying and poorly drained areas that have already been receiving heavy rainfall,” said the weather man.

The Meteorological Department had in March warned Kenyans to brace themselves for heavy rains and warned of possible land-slides in areas where the soils have become saturated with rain and flood waters.

RIVERS BURST BANKS DUE TO HEAVY RAINS

A number of river banks have burst their banks rendering some roads impassable and swept away homes.

River Athi, Ngong River, river Kawalase in lodwar, Narok river and river Muuoni in Makueni county are some of the water bodies that have burst their banks due to the heavy down pour.

Residents living in urban areas have been advised to look out for flash floods.

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HOUSES BURIED IN LANDSLIDE

There have been landslides in several parts of the country due to the heavy rains.

On Tuesday, Thirty families were left homeless following a landslide in Makueni County. A woman and her daughter died on Sunday morning after their house was buried by a landslide.

Transport along the Mai Mahiu-Narok highway has also been paralysed after sections of it was washed away by floods and covered by mud.

According to Naivasha OCPD Samuel Waweru, the floods had affected critical sections of the highway and called on motorists using the road to seek alternative routes to their destination.

DOZENS DISPLACED BY FLOODS

Below are some statistics on the number of people affected by floods according to the Red Cross;

  • 48 households have displaced in Ngaremara, Meru County.
  • 532 households affected in Taita Taveta County, following heavy rains.
  • 400 households affected by floodwaters, Tana River.
  • Over 100 households affected by heavy downpour in Buna, Wajir County.

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