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Weatherman predicts heavy rains, possible flooding across country

The country will experience heavy downpours for the next seven days, the Kenya Meteorological Department has predicted.

The Met Office says the rains will be widespread across the country with heavy downpours expected in the Central Highlands, Western Kenya, Rift Valley, South Eastern Lowlands, Coast, North Eastern and North Western regions.

In its forecast, which is valid until April 8, the Met Office has asked Kenyans to be on the lookout for possible flooding in areas that will receive heavy rainfall.

During the same period, some counties including Turkana, Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Isiolo, Garissa, Tana River, Lamu, Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale will experience high average daytime temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius.

However, night-time temperatures are expected to remain high and exceed 25 degrees Celsius, especially along the coast and in north-eastern Kenya.

A week ago, Nairobi County was hit by a deadly downpour that killed at least seven people who were swept away by floods.

Among those who lost their lives was a Grade Six pupil of Ushirika Primary School in Dandora Phase 5 area who was swept away by the raging floodwaters while trying to cross the makeshift bridge on her way to school.

Her body has yet to be recovered by the rescue team, along with the body of a man who tried to save the girl’s life but was also swept into the Nairobi River by the floods.

Dandora residents have accused the Nairobi City County government of failing to deploy its disaster and management rescue team to help them find their missing relatives.

On Friday and Wednesday last week, residents took to the streets in protest, demanding help.

The body of a police officer stationed at the Kamukunji police station was also swept away by the floods while trying to help four people stranded in a shop.

His body is also still missing, with family members pleading for help to recover it.