In Summary

  • President William Ruto says the alert has been scaled down for heavy rains.
  • There had been widespread concerns about El Niño rains
  • Kenya Meteorological Department in earlier forecast indicated the country would experience El-nino

Kenya Meteorological Department  in its earlier forecast indicated that the country would experience El-Nino rains beginning this month.

According to the  Head of State the alert has been scaled down for heavy rains.

“Those people have said again that there will be no El Niño. There will just be a lot of rain,” he stated, the president said during a church service in Nairobi’s Riruta area on Sunday.

READ Also: Nairobi County to Evacuate El Nino Rains Victims

Previous floods in Mombasa. PHOTO/Courtesy

Kenyans Cautioned regarding El Nino

Flooded Slum area (Photo courtesy )

There had been  concerns about El Niño rains following the Met alert, leading to fears of potential damage to properties.

The Kenya Meteorological Department had  cautioned Kenyans to remain vigilant regarding the El Niño phenomenon, which occurs every 3 to 5 years.

The alert specified that the El Niño rains would begin in September and continue until October through December of this year.

READ Also: Nairobi County to Evacuate El Nino Rains Victims

Increase In Maize Production

In addition to the weather forecast, President Ruto announced that the country has achieved its highest maize harvest in four years.

President Ruto indicated that to date, a total of 44 million bags of maize have been harvested with an extra 45% of produce expected this year.

He attributed the bumper harvest to the good rains witnessed across the country this year and the subsidized fertilizer and seeds distributed to farmers by his administration

“We want to thank God that we have a bumper harvest this season. Our projection is that we will add our produce by an extra 45 percent. We have enough food to feed our country,” President Ruto affirmed.

 

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