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Met warns of heavy rains and rising waters in the lakes

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Kenya Meteorological Department has warned Kenyans to brace themselves for increased rainfall in most parts of the country with the onset of the long rains season from next month.

The Met’s Director Stella Aura says that the country is heading into a season of enhanced rainfall that will see the grain basket regions of the country receiving sufficient rainfall.

While releasing the March to May 2021 Seasonal Forecast themed: Managing Climate Risks at National Climate Outlook Forum held Friday virtually, the Met boss said the peak of the rains is expected to be in the month of April for most regions.

Aura further warned that the Rift Valley lakes that have been flooded will continue to see water levels rise exponentially owing to the enhanced rainfall expected during the long rains season.

The Rift Valley lakes have since last year flooded properties and displaced communities, most notably around Lakes Baringo and Naivasha.

She urged the farming community to take advantage of the enhanced rainfall expected in the agricultural counties and to work in conjunction with the ministry of agriculture.

Enhanced rainfall is expected over most parts of Western Kenya including the Lake Victoria Basin region, parts of Northwestern Kenya, Rift Valley and parts of central Kenya including Nairobi, West Pokot and Turkana counties.

However, near average rainfall is expected over the rest of the country, particularly the Eastern and Coastal sectors.

Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo announced cyclonic activity in the Eastern Indian Ocean while at the same time calling for the need for co-production of the seasonal weather forecast.

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