Kisii County director of meteorological department Henry Sese has warned teachers against releasing children from schools when it is raining.
Mr Sese said several rivers across the county are likely to flood because the region is among the counties listed to receive heavy rains.
“Teachers should not allow kids to go to their homes when it is about to rain or when it is raining. Kids may drown in rivers when crossing bridges. School children should be advised to be in the classroom until the rains are over before they are released to their homes so that they don’t get struck by lightning and thunderstorm and being carried away by floods,” said Sese.
He challenged parents not to allow children to get out of their houses when it is raining especially in areas that experiences lightening and thunderstorms.
“Parents are advised to ensure their children are safe during the rains. We don’t want to witness unnecessary deaths caused by floods and thunderstorms. No one should shelter under trees when it is raining,” he said.
Sese urged motorists to avoid using roads near river banks because they may be carried away by floods.He challenged locals to plant more trees to prevent erosion in the future and ensure drainage patterns are unblocked for the free flow of flooding waters.