NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya meteorologists on Monday forecast flash
floods due to heavy rainfall towards the end of March after a
prolonged dry spell across the east African nation.
Stella Aura, acting director of Meteorological Services said
that cases of flooding in flood-prone areas such as Budalangi
and Kano in Western Kenya and landslides in Muranga, central
Kenya are likely to happen in the long rainy season of from
March to May.
"The National Disaster Operations Centre should be on standby
in order to ensure mitigation of any negative impacts that may
arise," Aura told journalists in his office.
She noted that the floods will also cover Central Rift Valley
and Central highlands of Kenya.
Aura however said that the spatial and temporal distribution
of the March to May seasonal rainfall is expected to be good
over most of the western part of the country, but generally poor
over the eastern part especially in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands
She noted that in northwestern Kenya and other ASALs where
poor rainfall performance is expected, problems related to water
scarcity and lack of pasture for livestock is expected to
increase following the poor rainfall performance observed during
the October-November-December 2018 short rain season.
Aura called for the contingency plans and strategies to help
avert incidences that are likely to destroy property and kill