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Kenyans Warned Over Flash Floods Hitting 3 Counties

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  • The Kenya Meteorological Department has warned that floods are expected to occur in the country from Wednesday, April 28.

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    In a statement, the department cited Mandera, Marsabit and Wajir counties where residents have been advised to take precautions.

    The severity of the condition is expected to be moderate and the probability of the event being measured between 33% to 66%.

    One person drowned half of the floodwaters in Nyando on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

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    Firefighting is expected to occur in areas bordering Ethiopia and Kenya. This is as a result of the expected heavy rainfall of more than 50mm / 24hrs over the highlands of Ethiopia which could cause flooding in the surrounding areas in Mandera, Marsabit and Wajir counties, â € read the statement.

    Flash floods are inherent in damage. Often, it is carried out at great speed through houses, roads, trees and bridges.

    “Residents in all the areas mentioned have been warned to watch out for floods that may occur in areas where heavy rains have not been received and especially in areas that are known as waterways from neighboring Ethiopia.”

    Heavy rains in the country have intensified in the past few weeks with counties such as Nairobi, Kajiado and Kiambu receiving heavy rains.

    However, it has not been the same for all counties. Marsabit has suffered from a prolonged drought. Being a drought-stricken area, there have been cries from residents.

    In May last year, floods hit areas in the West and Siaya, Migori and other areas of Nyanza most affected. More than 40,000 people were displaced and property was destroyed.

    According to the CDC, precautionary measures can be taken; evacuation, avoid low ground and still water, people with cars are advised to avoid driving in such a situation.

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    Flash floods destroy property in Elgeyo Marakwet County

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  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM

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