28-06-2021 by Leni Frau
This season's rains are not benefiting farmers and the poor people of Kenya, on whose abundance of water much of their food depends.
The Kenya Meteorological Department also predicts that the bulk of the rainy season is coming to an end, which would be a great loss, because on average rainfall was less than the same period last year, which was already not a good year, despite the cyclonic 'Ninha' period.
In fact, it had already been predicted that the Rift Valley regions, and in particular 16 northern counties, would not enjoy abundant rainfall, but now many areas are facing starvation and the health of their herds.
On the other hand, colder than normal temperatures have already arrived, aggravating the situation and making households more vulnerable to disease and even the delta variant of the Covid-19 virus.
In Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Siaya, Homa Bay, Migori and Bomet Counties there is great concern, but also in Laikipia, Nakuru, Kericho, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, Busia, Kisii and Nyamira Counties the situation is not good.
"The decline in rainfall is due to climate change and a change in wind attitude," said KMD deputy director Mary Lihavi, "we will need more studies to understand whether this decline is an extraordinary phenomenon or is a trend.
This year, the reduction in rainfall experienced in February and March was followed by a period of long rains that ended in May in some parts, but extended into June in the highlands west of the Rift Valley, the lake basin region, the centre, South Rift Valley and parts of the coast, but left the north dry.
The savannah, especially Tsavo East and West, also suffered, while other areas such as Garissa are still living off the floods of recent months.
According to the report for June and July, rainfall in western Kenya and the coastal belt is expected to be close to the seasonal average, albeit trending downwards.
As for the coast, low temperatures in the Indian Ocean and low humidity in the Congo forests, which usually together with strong winds, push high pressure towards Kenya, are also reasons. This year this phenomenon did not occur.
According to Kenyan meteorologists, the situation will not change in July, although temperatures will remain slightly lower than average.
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