Floods in Mombasa
Floods in Mombasa

State warns Kenyans heavy rainfall expected from mid-April 2020. Kenya Meteorological Services on Wednesday, April 8th, issued an alert to Kenyans on heavy rains within the next seven days.

The heavy rainfall alert comes after a wake of another alert that was issued on Monday, April 6th by Food And Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative to Kenya Tobias Takavarasha, warning Kenyans over the second generation of desert locusts expected to ravage the nation and neighbouring East African countries.

The alert was mostly directed to the residents of Narok, Lamu, Taita Taveta, Kitui, Tharaka, Murang’a, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Tana River, Garissa, Mombasa and Kwale Counties, have been warned to stay prepared for heavy rainfalls.

The alerts increased fears of a very difficult period as Kenyans battle COVID-19. Heavy rain is considered to be a good breeding ground for desert locusts as explained by FAO.

Already Somali is battling second-generation locusts. Kenyans, however, urged to prepare for a good harvest. The State insisted that Kenyans should work hard on their farms to evade hunger.

The second-generation locusts are anticipated to be 20 times bigger than the first army of locusts that invaded North Eastern, Eastern and some parts of Western Kenya.

Dr David Gikungu, the Deputy Director in charge of Climate at Kenya Meteorological Services, points out that even though there is usually a lot of rainfall in April the temperatures do not necessarily go very low.

“In April, the temperatures are not that low but will be lower compared to March and February because of the cloud cover as a result of rains''.

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