The onset of the Long Rains was timely across all Arid and Semi- Arid (ASAL) counties all through the third week of March to the first week of April. Subsequently, enhanced rainfall received throughout the month of April leading to extreme weather events in most ASALs counties.

Enhanced rains were thus characterized by extreme wet conditions and floods in low laying zones in particular counties like Garissa, Tana River, Kitui, Marsabit, Isiolo, Samburu, Makueni, Kajiado.

The floods had varied level of damage in these counties. The positive impacts included good water recharge, vegetation regeneration and good crop performance. Negative impacts included human and livestock deaths including destruction of homes, schools and infrastructure that disrupted markets function.

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