Kenya to experience low rainfall

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The Kenya meteorological department is warning that most parts of the country will experience minimal rainfall between March and May during the expected long rains starting March to May this year.

The below normal rainfall distribution is likely to negatively impact the agricultural sectors hence affecting food security.

Releasing the seasonal forecast for the long rains beginning March to May 2015 similar outcomes may be experienced in the forth coming long rainy season even as the western and parts of central regions are expected to receive enhanced rainfall unlike most parts of eastern sector which will experience depressed rainfall.

Speaking during the release of the seasonal forecast Deputy Director Meteorological department Peter Ambenje said while the western counties, the central and southern Rift Valley will experience enhanced rainfall it will not be devoid of natural disasters including flooding and landslides especially in the Western regions including Kakamega and Kisii which will experience lightening strikes.

He said the Meteorological department has issued advisories to relevant ministries to take precaution to mitigate against would be disasters.

Farmers in counties likely to experience low rainfall including Makueni, Isiolo areas of Garissa and Taveta have also been advised to liaise with county agricultural department for advise on the right crops to plant crops.

The onset of the long rains are expected between the second week of March and second week of April across the country.

Other sectors likely to be affected by the poor rainfall distribution include the livestock sector due to reduced pasture and the transport and public sector where roads may be rendered impassible.

Light aircrafts are advised to take utmost care in the western routes due to heavy clouds in the afternoons.

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