Common questions

Why is it raining so much in Kenya?

Why is it raining so much in Kenya?

Kenya has two rainy seasons linked to the movement north and south of the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). It is a zone of heavy rain and thunderstorms where north-easterly and south-easterly trade winds meet. So, we should expect rain to fall at this time of year in Kenya.

Why Lake Victoria is flooding?

After the expansion of Nalubaale dam and a drought in the mid-2000s drew water levels down to unusually low levels, many communities moved homes and infrastructure closer to the shore. With steadily rising water levels since 2007—and the especially sharp increase in 2020—many communities are now vulnerable to floods.

What Causes Floods in Kenya?

They usually are caused by intense storms that produce more run-off than an area can infiltrate and store or a stream can carry within its normal channel. Rivers can also flood when dams fail or landslides temporarily block a channel. susceptible to floods (The Republic of Kenya, LBDA & JICA, 1992).

How can we control floods in Kenya?

Identify five measures used to control floods in Kenya.

  1. Constructing channels/ditches/furrows to drain off the water.
  2. Constructing dykes / levees along river banks.
  3. Dredging / widening of river channels.
  4. Building of dams across rivers/earth dams.
  5. Training / re-directing / straightening of rivers.

What causes lake levels to rise?

These catchment changes reduce rainfall recharging of underground aquifers, and cause more sediment – such as soil – to run off into rivers. This sediment reaches and accumulates in lakes and reservoirs. This can clog natural underground freshwater outlets, in which case lake salinity and levels will rise.

Is Lake Victoria salty?

Lake Victoria, in East Africa, is the world’s largest tropical freshwater lake. At 68,800km², it’s also the second largest freshwater lake in the world after Lake Superior in North America. Over the past 100,000 years, the lake has completely dried up at least three times.

What natural disasters happen in Kenya?

Kenya experiences a number of natural hazards, the most common being weather related, including floods, droughts, landslides, lightening/thunderstorms, wild fires, and strong winds. Other hazards experienced in Kenya include HIV/AIDS, and conflict.

Can you drink the water in Kenya?

Can You Drink Tap Water in Nairobi? No, tap water is not drinkable. According to WHO data, 59% of Kenya cities/towns and rural areas have access to improved water sources, that are available when needed. Tap water in Nairobi, Kenya is not safe to drink without filtering or boiling the raw water.

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