El Niño Response Plan October 2015 to January 2016 by the Multi Sectoral Task Force
El Niño conditions are currently present in the eastern and central equatorial Pacific Ocean (the Niño areas). The Meteorological Department has issued an Early Warning that the country will experience El Niño phenomenon this coming season, October to December 2015. The situation is likely to continue in some parts up to January 2016. The last major El Niño phenomenon in 1997/98. Figure 1 presents satellite images of the Sea Surface tempratures that compares the outlook of the 2015 iminent El Niño to that of 1997. Most parts of the country are therefore expected to experience flooding. This flooding will especially manifest in the low lying areas of Nyando river basin, Western Kenya, Wajir, Garissa and Mandera, and the lower parts of Tana, Kilifi, Kwale and the Coastal region. Also affected by heavy flooding will be urban Centres namely Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu and Narok.