Severe drought affecting over three million people in Kenya

The number of people in need of relief assistance has doubled from 1.3 million in August 2016 to close to 3 million currently

The failure of three consecutive cycles of rain in Kenya and a particularly poor amount of rain when it has rained has plunged the country into a devastating drought lasting through most of 2016. The drought  has affected more than 3.0 million people and resulted in a serious humanitarian crisis.

 

The worst affected are the elderly, the sick, children under five years old and mothers

The latest figures as of the end of February show that 2.7 million people are in need of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) assistance, 1.1 million children are food insecure, while over 100,000 children under 5 are in need of treatment for severe malnutrition. An additional 174,000 children are out of school as a direct result of the drought.

 

Drought emergency – it’s growing more and more throughout Kenya and even on the coast
Two sporadic downpours in recent days between Malindi and Watamu have not improved the situation is tightening siege of breeders and farmers. The vegetable prices are rising while the overproduction of pineapple and other fruits from the trees matured faster because of the heat, it means that some products are not placed and others are instead thrown and rot.

 

The livestock prices are falling as a result of vegetation deficit

Goat prices in December were up to 25 per cent below their five-year averages. So livestock is being affected in these communities where drought is ravaging, and as a result food prices across the country would increase further due to below average production in 2016.

Current prices are 10–25 per cent above their five-year averages and will probably rise further, thus putting a strain on the population.

President Uhuru Kenyatta recently declared the drought a national disaster and a formal Kenya Gazette notice will be published to this effect.

 

THE WORST IS YET TO COME…

Kenya needs to brace itself for a worsening drought in 2017, the United Nations reported, using a new early warning system that predicts the availability of forage for animals in the country’s arid livestock-dependent north.
We really are concerned that the situation is going to deteriorate rapidly early into next year, “Piers Simpkin, a livestock expert with FAO in Kenya, told a news conference. There is serious drought looming in early 2017.”

Large swathes of Africa are experiencing severe drought, with 39 million people hit by a crisis predicted to peak early next year. People and animals’ lives are at risk because they have not had a chance to recover from drought in 2014 as rains were also poor in 2015, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.

The spokesman for the Children of the Rising Sun orphanage in Malindi, Kundan Suchak said that as a result of the drought and low tourism activities, they are experiencing difficulties and struggling to get the much needed donations  from local businesses and  tourist for the upkeep of  the home.

Andrius