The other effects of the floods

Floods, deaths and devastation - This is the new normal in the country for the past several weeks. PHOTO | SHUTTERSTOCK.  

News of floods, deaths and devastation: This is the new normal in the country for the past several weeks. Unfortunately, the latest prediction by the weatherman should make every Kenyan flinch. Reportedly there is no end in sight of the torrents and the heavy rain pounding the country. Extreme weather events such as droughts and floods are amid the immediate impacts of climate change. A report released by the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis last year revealed that droughts and floods between November 2016 and April 2018 are estimated to have affected over 3.4 million people and cost the government over Sh20 billion.
The National Government further allocated Sh1.5 billion for flood victims and another Sh1 billion to Red Cross for supporting the evacuation and counselling of victims.
The eventual cost of this year’s flooding is set to surpass this. The Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) already issued an alert that rains will be experienced up and until the end of the year; Christmas will certainly be wet.
Before the short rain season began in October, KMD issued a forecast that indicated that the country would have enhanced October- November- December (OND) rainfall. Probably, a few people took the forecast seriously while the majority may have applied the ‘wait and see’ approach as is the norm. As the rain continues to pour relentlessly, numerous Kenyans may still be wondering why the heavy rainfall. According to experts, the warming up of the Indian Ocean off the Kenyan coast (Western Indian Ocean) is causing the torrential downpour.


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