• During periods of flash floods, soil erosion especially in arid and semi-arid regions is likely to occur as the ground is bare following prolonged dry spells.
• County Governments advised to clear drainages in good time to avert artificial flooding of the urban areas.
Parts of the country are likely to experience lightening and isolated storms.
The Kenya Meteorological Department has indicated that lightening may be experienced in some parts of the country.
Lightning strikes are highly probable, especially in Kisii, Nyamira, Kericho, Bomet, Kisumu, Nandi, Bungoma (Mt. Elgon areas), and Kakamega counties.
MET has advised residents in these areas not to shelter under trees or near metallic structures when it is raining.
The March-April-May (MAM) weather outlook has indicated that there is a possibility of isolated storms that may cause floods in low-lying areas and along rivers.
“The public is advised not to walk through flooded waters or cross flooded rivers to avoid loss of lives. County Governments are also advised to clear drainages in good time to avert artificial flooding of the urban areas,” said MET.
During periods of flash floods, soil erosion is likely to occur as the ground is bare following prolonged dry spells, especially in arid and semi-arid regions.
The outlook stated that in order to mitigate this, plans should be put in place to enhance soil conservation measures, such as the use of cover crops, terracing, and erosion control structures.
These measures can help to prevent the loss of fertile topsoil, which is essential for agriculture and ecosystem services.
The outlook also indicated that the destruction of forest biodiversity is expected to increase due to forest and wildfires, logging, increased charcoal burning, and encroachment of forest areas for pasture.
To mitigate these threats, MET said relevant authorities and communities should increase surveillance for fires and illegal activities in forested areas.
“Conservation measures should also be promoted to allow for improved vegetation regeneration and restoration of forest habitats. By implementing these measures, the negative impacts of these destructive activities can be reduced, and the biodiversity of forest ecosystems can be preserved,” the MAM outlook stated.