, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 1 – Kenyans have welcomed the start of the awaited long rains saying they were long overdue, following an extended dry spell.
A cross section of those who spoke to Capital FM News Friday, said that the rains come as a relief since farmers will be able to plant and even plan for the next season.
The downpour which lasted nearly the whole night Thursday caused flooding in most parts of Nairobi with vehicles being submerged and businesses destroyed.
“As Kenyans, it is the rains which help us especially on the side of planting. The air is also clean and fresh and we are all definitely grateful for that,” James Okumu, a guard stated.
“It will be good if the weather continues this way because we were really suffering. However the rains brought flooding whose effects we are still feeling until now,” Jane Mwaniki, a hawker in Nairobi West stated.
They described the heat which had been prevalent as unbearable and expressed their optimism that the wet season will be productive.
“God has really remembered us, he has not allowed us to suffer extensively and we should all thank him for this and praise him,” stated Dan Omondi.
“The rain has really helped. You know the situation was unbearable with the hot sun which is not helping in anything and now it has reduced a bit. We are indeed grateful for that,” he said.
“We are happy that the rains have finally come even though it has affected many people through flooding and they have lost their property as a result.”
The Kenya Meteorological department stated that the rains are expected to last for the next two months across the country and will be heavier in the coastal and Western regions.
Deputy Director Samuel Mwangi said the rains will be longer in the Western region and are expected to be heavy.
He is urging Kenyans to take advantage of the season and plant crops as well as participate in water harvesting.