NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenyans have been warned to expect more heavy
rains and cold spell as the East African nation’s weather
continues to be erratic.
across Kenya have been hit by unexpectedly heavy rains in the
last few days, disrupting business as the rains catch residents
In the capital
Nairobi, heavy rains that caught many unawares on Monday evening
created traffic gridlock on all major city roads.
A majority of city
dwellers who rely on public transport spent hours on queues that
saw some arrive at their homes in the wee hours of Tuesday.
similarly, had to endure long hours on roads as the rainwater
flooded highways exacerbating the situation.
“I arrived home few
minutes past mid night on Tuesday night having left the office
after 6pm. I waited for public transport vehicle for close to
three hours and spend the next over two hours in traffic jam. It
was a bad day,” Joseph Otieno, a programs officer at a
non-governmental organization in Nairobi, said Tuesday.
Otieno paid 2 U.S.
dollars for the journey, more than double the 0.8 dollars that
the vehicle operators for the route on the east of Nairobi, his
plight capturing that of thousands of other workers in the city.
Department in its latest brief noted that the rains would last
for about a week and would be heavy in Nairobi and neighboring
highlands would experience mainly cool and cloudy mornings with
the possibility of evening rains up to Sept. 3,” said the
Meteorological Department Wednesday.
Others places that
will experience rains include the central highlands of Nyandarua,
Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Murang’a and Naivasha.
The current rains
pile misery to residents of Nairobi and the neighboring regions
that have been grappling with a lengthy cold spell that began in
June and lasts to date.
In Nairobi, the
capital, chilly weather started in late May and is still biting
to date, more than a month after it had been predicted to end.
Among those hit
harder by the lengthy chilly weather are farmers, including
those who keep chickens and grow crops like tomatoes and
For the chicken
farmers, a majority have seen their egg production halve as the
cold weather causes stress to the birds.
like coccidiosis and infectious coryza and pneumonia, which
affect animals like goats, have also been on the rise.
“I have never seen
something like this before. This cold weather has made me spend
more on lighting and charcoal to keep the brooders warmer yet
production is going down,” said farmer Bernard Kimani who keeps
broilers in Kayole, Nairobi.
For human beings,
respiratory diseases like common cold, flu and pneumonia have
surged in the last months, according to industry data.
Experts have blamed
the current situation to the ongoing effects of climate change,
which have made the weather in the East African nation