Drought Kills More Than a Million Livestock in Kenya

The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) in Kenya said Wednesday that the county has lost over a million livestock to drought in the past months as the crisis continues to ravage at least 23 arid and semi-arid regions.

NMDA reported that the east African nation had lost some 1.04 million animals – 224,390 cattle, 774,097 goats and sheep, and 45,152 camels due to starvation and diseases.

“The drought situation continues to worsen in 16 of the 23 arid counties. This is attributed to the poor performance of the 2021 short showers of rain coupled with previous two failed consecutive seasons and late-onset of the 2022 long rains season,” NDMA reported.

According to NDMA, the most affected arid and semi-arid regions are in the Rift Valley and North-Eastern parts of the country.

The report noted that the current situation is worsening as pasture and water reserves remain below average due to depressed rains received in March.

Kenya is among the countries in the Horn of Africa enduring the worst drought in decades.

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