Dry weather to persist till March
Kenyans should expect less rainfall for the March-May long rain season, says the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD).
A report released on Monday by the KMD reveals that seasonal rainfall for the said period is expected to be poor in most parts of the country.
Speaking at a press briefing in Nairobi, the KMD Director, Peter Ambenje said, the weather patterns over the Indian Ocean do not currently favour good seasonal rainfall in the country, especially over the Eastern sector.
Ambenje said the month of March will be characterized by depressed rainfall with areas such as the Eastern, North Eastern and Coastal strip expected to experience low rainfall into the month of April.
The director urged farmers in South Eastern Kenya where rain is expected to seek advice on the crops to grow.
Ambenje however, said the month of April is expected to experience above average rainfall in North-western, Central and Western regions, with Central, Western Kenya and the coastal strip expecting above average rain into the month of May.
He advised farmers in these areas to take advantage of increased rainfall and maximize land use so as to increase crop production.
The Deputy Director for Forecasting Services, Samuel Mwangi emphasized the importance of accurate data collection and analysis in long term and short term decision making.
He said that due to limited resources for humans and livestock in the ASALs, county governments should put in place plans to mitigate expected food insecurity and intercommunity conflict.
Mwangi also put the National Disaster Operations Centre in areas expecting high rainfall on alert to expect flooding and lightning prone areas such as Budalang’i and Kano.
He also added that motorists should be cautious of slippery roads and poor visibility during rainstorms, especially along the Kikuyu, Kinungi stretch on the Nakuru – Nairobi highway.
Even though the rainfall will not be sufficient to boost food production, Ambenje however, noted that water reservoirs for power generation such as the Seven Forks will receive more water to sustain electricity production.
By Nelly Gitonga/Idah Munyiri