Flash floods warning issued for the Coast
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 27 – The Kenya Meteorological Department has warned of possible flash floods in the South Coast next week.
Director Joseph Mukabana said that this was likely to happen on Tuesday and Wednesday next week in areas that were expected to record heavy to very heavy rainfall.
“Daily rainfall forecasts for the next six days beginning Saturday, 28 April to Thursday 3 May indicate active weather currently in the Indian Ocean but moving westwards towards the Coast of Kenya,” he said.
“This is expected to result into a gradual enhancement of rainfall along the strip and a likelihood of heavy rainfall in South Coast Monday to Wednesday,” Mukabana explained in a press statement.
He advised residents at the Coast to exercise caution during the heavy rainfall to avoid any flash-flood related calamities such as drowning.
The marine community especially those operating light boats were also warned of a risk of high waves and strong winds near the Kenyan Coastline for the forecast period.
According to the weatherman, the coastal strip has been under low key rainfall activities since the beginning of March 2012, when the long rain season began.
But there have been reports of flash floods in other parts of the country that have led to the loss of tens of lives.
The most recent incident happened at Hells Gate National Park where seven youths died.