The government has raised an alert about the possibility of El Niño affecting three regions starting Sunday, December 10, and lasting until at least December 15, 2023.
Government Spokesperson, Dr. Isaac Mwaura, shared in a statement on Saturday on X (formerly Twitter), warning of storms and intense rainfall expected in the Lake Victoria Basin, Western Kenya, and South Rift Valley regions.
Dr. Mwaura emphasized the importance for residents in these areas to stay alert and follow weather and flood alerts closely.
He stated, “Beginning Sunday 10th December, isolated storms and intense rainfall are forecast for the Lake Victoria Basin, Western Kenya & South Rift Valley.”
He further urged residents, saying, “Residents are forewarned to adhere to weather and flood alerts to avert more injuries and fatalities.”
The alert follows Dr. Mwaura’s announcement on Friday that three more individuals lost their lives due to the ongoing floods in the country, bringing the death toll of the El Niño rains, which started in October, to 168.
The reported deaths occurred in Tharaka Nithi, Migori, and Nandi counties. Dr. Mwaura h
ighlighted that Northern Kenya is expected to remain sunny and dry, while flooding in the Tana River may persist, causing disruptions on the Garsen – Lamu road.
In a press release, Dr. Mwaura stated, “The displacement remains the same, with 109,033 households, comprising approximately 545,515 individuals, currently displaced.”
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