NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s weatherman on Wednesday warned of heavy
rains set to begin pounding several parts of the East African
nation following months of intense heat.
Meteorological Department in its three-day weather forecast,
however, said the rains due to start on Wednesday are not the
proper onset of the March-May rainfall season.
It warned that the
downpour that could cause floods is likely to occur from
Thursday to Saturday in counties in Western, Rift Valley, Nyanza,
Central, and Nairobi area including Southeastern lowlands.
“Residents in urban
areas are advised to be on the lookout for flash floods. In dry
river beds moving water may suddenly appear. Soil erosion may
occur in areas that have been dry and have bare soils,” the
It urged residents
to continue listening to local media as updates which will be
provided if conditions change significantly.
According to MET
department, counties to be affected by the heavy rainfall
include Kisii, Kericho, Bomet, Narok, Migori, Kakamega, Kajiado,
Nakuru, Kwale, Marsabit, Turkana, Samburu, Nairobi, Nyeri,
Kiambu, Murang’a, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Taita Taveta.
The forecast came as
the East African nation is experiencing one of the highest
temperatures across the country.
According to Peter
Ambenje, the director of Kenya Meteorological Department, the
normal temperatures that were experienced in the 1970s and 1980s
have abnormally continued to increase, hence affecting
agriculture, energy, water resource management, transport,
health, environment and livestock sub sectors.
Ambenje said the
intense heat is also negatively impacting the level of water in
the country hence causing panic amongst stakeholders in the sub
The government has
imposed a three-month ban on logging and timber harvesting to
protect water towers from drying up.
“The government has
with immediate effect imposed a moratorium on timber harvesting
in all public and community forests for a period of ninety days
to allow reassessment and rationalization of the entire forest
sector in Kenya,” said Deputy President William Ruto on
Ruto noted that the
country has faced an acute water shortage for the past three
years due to the destruction of forests and encroachment of
degradation and encroachment of water towers and other catchment
areas, uncontrolled human activities including wanton logging
have threatened and undermined the country’s capability to
ensure food security. This situation poses a threat to the
achievement of the big four agenda items of the Jubilee
Government,” said Ruto.