As of Sunday, May 3, flooding caused by heavy rains has displaced thousands in western and southern counties of Kenya. In Busia County, two people have been killed, and 40,000 others were displaced when the River Nzoia burst its banks, prompting emergency services to conduct rescue operations. At least two people have been killed, and two others are missing due to flash flooding on the Lodwar-Lokichoggio Highway in Turkana County. Hundreds of families were also displaced in Kilifi County after the River Sabaki burst its banks. Earlier on Friday, May 1, at least six people had been killed in flood-related incidents in Baringo County. As of Thursday, April 30, at least 116 people have been killed in flooding across 29 counties.
Further heavy rain is to be anticipated in the near term. Associated transportation disruptions are to be expected in the affected areas.
Heavy rains have been affecting the country since Friday, April 17, and have caused rivers to overflow and triggered floods in west, central, and southeast Kenya. According to reports, the most affected counties are West Pokot, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kisumu, Homabay, Tana River, Garissa, Kilifi, Kirinyaga, Siaya, Kakamega, Bomet, and Nairobi.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions, anticipate transportation and business disruptions, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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