Brace for more rains in com­ing days

Rains to con­tinue with re­duced in­ten­sity ush­er­ing in sunny in­ter­vals from Thurs­day in some re­gions

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Trans­port paral­ysed and prop­erty de­stroyed by floods in parts of the coun­try

The rains pound­ing most parts of the coun­try will con­tinue this week, though with re­duced in­ten­sity, the weath­er­man says.

Kenya Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal De­part­ment Deputy Di­rec­tor Samwel Mwangi fur­ther re­vealed that some ar­eas, in­clud­ing north west­ern coun­ties of Turkana, West Pokot and Sam­buru, are ex­pected to have sunny in­ter­vals the whole day, through­out this and next week.

Mr Mwangi said north east­ern coun­ties of Marsabit, Man­dera, Wa­jir, Garissa and Isi­olo, which have been re­ceiv­ing heavy rain­fall in the past few weeks, will con­tinue to get morn­ing rains and af­ter­noon show­ers over a few places on Wed­nes­day.

This, he said, will pave the way for sunny in­ter­vals from Thurs­day to Mon­day.

Cen­tral high­lands, which cover the coun­ties of Nairobi, Nyan­darua, Ny­eri, Kirinyaga, Mu­rang’a, Ki­ambu, Meru, Embu and Tharaka Nithi, will have cloudy morn­ings with light rains, giv­ing way to sunny in­ter­vals through­out the fore­cast pe­riod.

“The Coastal strip cov­er­ing coun­ties of Mom­basa, Tana River, Kil­ifi, Lamu and Kwale are ex­pected to get morn­ing show­ers over a few places from to­day up to Fri­day as well as on Mon­day while Satur­day and Sun­day morn­ings are ex­pected to have show­ers over sev­eral places,” read the fore­cast.

Ki­tui, Makueni, Machakos and Tai­tataveta coun­ties are ex­pected to have rains in the morn­ing and af­ter­noon show­ers over a few places through­out the week and into the fol­low­ing week.

Si­aya, Kisumu, Homa Bay and Mig­ori coun­ties are ex­pected to have sunny in­ter­vals in the morn­ing and af­ter­noon show­ers and thun­der­storms over a few places through­out the week and into the fol­low­ing week.

A sim­i­lar weather pat­tern is ex­pected in the coun­ties of Kisii, Nyamira, Trans Nzoia, Baringo, Uasin Gishu, El­geyo-marak­wet, Nandi, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Ka­ji­ado, Keri­cho, Bomet, Kakamega, Vi­higa, Bun­goma and Bu­sia.

Mean­while, the heavy rains pound­ing parts of Baringo county have paral­ysed trans­port on the Nginyang-chemolin­got road in Ti­aty Sub –County. This is af­ter River Nginyang burst its banks.

Mata­tus ply­ing the route were forced to wait for more than four hours for the wa­ter to sub­side at Nginyang Bridge.

Baringo Gov­er­nor Stan­ley Kip­tis has al­ready is­sued an alert to res­i­dents liv­ing in flood and land­slide-prone ar­eas to move to higher grounds to avert disas­ters.

“As a re­sult of floods, sev­eral vil­lages have been af­fected across the county. Baringo south sub-county around Mari­gat ir­ri­ga­tion scheme is the most af­fected with sev­eral sub­merged home­steads and crop­land,” said Mr Kip­tis.

Mean­while, the on­go­ing KCSE ex­ams in four schools in Ki­tui County were de­layed on Mon­day af­ter the ve­hi­cle trans­port­ing the pa­pers was swept away while cross­ing a river in Mwingi Cen­tral.

A sec­ondary school prin­ci­pal and his driver es­caped in­jury in the morn­ing in­ci­dent af­ter the Land-rover they were us­ing was swept away by the waters.

The Maths pa­per two and Bi­ol­ogy which were sub­merged in the floods were re­cov­ered by wananchi.

Ki­tui County Com­mis­sioner Boaz Cherutich con­firmed the in­ci­dent, say­ing a res­cue team was mo­bilised to en­sure the ex­ams were safely de­liv­ered to the schools.

Re­ports by Collins Omulo, Florah Koech, Kanyali Boniface and Ki­tavi Mu­tua

KANYIRI WAHITO |

Mo­torists nav­i­gate a flooded road at City Sta­dium round­about af­ter a down­pour yes­ter­day.

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