× Digital News Videos Health & Science Opinion Education Columnists Lifestyle Cartoons Moi Cabinets Kibaki Cabinets Arts & Culture Gender Podcasts E-Paper Tributes Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS

Drought could reach emergency levels, says team

By Hudson Gumbihi | August 19th 2021

Kenya faces a crisis should the short rains between October and December fail. [Wilberforce Okwiri, Standard]

Experts have warned that the drought situation in Kenya could turn into an emergency should the country fail to receive enough rain in the next few weeks.

The situation, they say, has been exacerbated by desert locusts invasion and the Covid-19 pandemic.

An assessment by the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) shows Kenya faces a crisis should the short rains between October and December fail.

“If we do not receive rains from October, the drought might evolve into an emergency,” said James Oduor, the NDMA Chief Executive Officer.

He said the situation is as a result of failed short rains in October last year and long rains in March this year.

“The impact of the drought is because of two cumulative seasons without rain. The long rains were not enough to stabilise the situation,” he added.

Some of the drought indicators Oduor cited include lack of access to water, poor quality of pasture, high maize process, low milk production and malnutrition of children.

Hamisi Williams, FAO Programmes Coordinator, said the agency had initiated responses to mitigate the situation. These responses include sustaining markets for animals, provision of animal feeds and water.

The 10 counties on drought alert are Garissa, Isiolo, Kilifi, Kitui, Mandera, Marsabit, Samburu, Tana River, Turkana, and Wajir.

Other counties at risk of severe drought include Baringo, Kajiado, Kwale, Laikipia, Lamu, Makueni, Meru, Taita Taveta, Tharaka Nithi and West Pokot.

Embu, Narok and Nyeri are facing a low risk of severe drought, according to the government, which in conjunction with FAO, is seeking Sh8.7 billion for intervention activities such as food and safety nets, health and nutrition, provision of water, improvement of agriculture, peace and security, and drought coordination.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa said the government had set aside Sh2 billion that will be utilised on response activities.

The CS said a multi-agency team had been set up to address the situation.

Share this story
The tough cookie house that biscuit baron Manji built
Manji triumphed to set up a bakery whose delicacies have been a permanent feature on millions of breakfast tables for more than 80 years.
Opening Ceremony: Kenya takes her pride of place as 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games begin
Team Kenya Paralympics strolled majestically into the Tokyo Olympic Stadium led by captain Rodgers Kiprop and Powerlifter Hellen Wawira for the Openin