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Heavy rains have wrought havoc in areas like Nairobi's Mathare slums


Deluge to last another month, warns Met

Heavy rains have wrought havoc in areas like Nairobi's Mathare slums

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – The current spell of heavy rainfall is set to continue for at least another month, according to the Kenya Meteorological Department.

Deputy Director Ayub Shaka said Nairobi and its overlying districts will experience heavy rainfall until end of May whereas coastal and western areas will experience increased rainfall until June.

“We expect the rains to continue in most parts of our country especially western and coastal areas. In areas like Nairobi and central districts we expect the rains to continue until the fourth week of this month, (when) we expect them to start subsiding,” he said.

In an interview with Capital FM News, Shaka urged people living near areas prone to flash floods and landslides to be cautious as most water catchment areas were saturated causing an overflow.

“The rain has been so much that any drop that falls in an area it finds its way into rivers, the cells are already saturated; any people living in the flood prone areas should be on the look out,” he advised.

Shaka also warned that there was a likelihood of landslides and cautioned people living in such areas to be careful.

He urged Kenyans to heed the government’s directive especially where people are asked to move to safer places.

“People should hear what the government says, there are always warnings but sometimes people do not listen. These are natural happenings and they cannot be stopped,” he asserted.

He regretted that the rains that started last month had caused a lot of damage including loss of lives linked to flooding.

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Red Cross statistics indicate that up to 51 people have been killed across the country since the heavy rains started last month.


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