Heavy rainfall warning issued for Coastal Kenya from today

Tana river flood 1998
An Aerial photograph of the flooded Tana river in 1998. Photo: SGT R.A. Ward, U.S. Marine Corps

The Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) have issued a warning of heavy rainfall for the coastal region of Kenya.

Starting from the southern coast (Kwale, Mombasa and parts of Kilifi counties) on Tuesday 19 September, spreading out into the northern coast (Lamu, coastal part of Tana Rover County and southern parts of Taita-Taveta County) by Wednesday 20 September and possibly into Thursday 21 September, more than 30mm of heavy rainfall is expected in 24 hours.

The rains are likely to cause flooding in low lying areas near the coastline, in river lines, areas near dams and other water repositories. In some areas, the flooding situation may worsen on Wednesday due to the fact that a lot of water will have accumulated on the ground since the previous day.

Flood water may suddenly appear in areas where it hadn’t rained heavily and can be deeper and faster than it looks. The KMD have warned against walking or driving through the water and to keep to safer grounds until the flooding subsides.