Kenyan President William Ruto has said that the country will not experience El Niño rains as predicted by Kenya’s meteorological department.
Ruto who said there will be heavy rains but it will not reach a destructive level, urged Kenyans to use the new prediction of abundant rainfall to produce more food from farming to ensure that the country is food secure.
The El Niño weather phenomenon occurs when sea surface temperatures in the tropical eastern Pacific rise to about 0.5C above average. This ultimately releases more heat into the atmosphere, creating wetter and warmer air.
Warnings that the heavy downpours could cause flooding, infrastructure damage and possible deaths prompted the Kenyan Government to put the military on standby in case of emergencies.
Kenya last experienced El Niño rains in 1997, which left a trail of destruction especially to the roads.