Section of Kenya to get excess rainfall

May 7, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 7 – A seven-day weather forecast issued by the Kenya Meteorological department indicates that Mt Elgon, Coast and North Western Kenya are likely to experience excess rainfall.

Deputy Director Peter Ambenje said on Friday that these areas were expected to receive rainfall in excess of 100mm over the next seven days.

“It is projected that relatively heavier rainfall is likely to occur over the coastal strip in the first half of the forecast period.  In Southern Kajiado around Namanga it will be in mid of the forecast period,” Mr Ambenje said.

He said in areas around Mt Elgon in Western Kenya, heavy rainfall would occur for much of the period while North Western areas bordering Uganda, would experience intense rainfall towards the end of the forecasted period.

“There is still high potential for major rivers and even smaller ones to break their banks and cause flooding in low lying areas,” he said.

He added that heavy rainfall persisted in the last week resulting into flash floods in parts of Nyanza and landslides in parts of North Rift especially Marakwet district and in Nyeri and Murang’a in Central province.

“A significant pick up in rainfall was observed over the coastal strip,” he said.

Mr Ambenje said heavy rainfall amounts occurred in the period between April 29 and May 2.

He said Nyeri recorded the highest seven-day total amount of rainfall of 168mm.

Mr Ambenje named Malindi, Kisumu, Kericho, Msabaha, Meru, Mtwapa, Suba, Marsabit, Kitale, Kisii and Moyale as stations that had seven-day rainfall totals above 50mm.


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