Kenya: Over 1.3 Million People Face Acute food Insecurity as Drought Ravage 10 of 47 Counties

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As many as 1.3 million people in 10 of Kenya’s 47 counties are facing food insecurity, significant pasture and water shortage and in some cases livestock deaths due to poor rainfall.

“If the imminent short rains season is also below average, as the forecast suggests, then not only will these areas deteriorate to the alarm or even emergency phase, but drought stress will deepen in many other arid and semi arid counties as well,” state-run National Drought Management Authority said in a statement on its website.

The agency spent 53 million shillings ($522,992) between July and October on food and other requirements for people living in the worst-affected counties; Kilifi, Garissa, Lamu, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Tana River, Makueni, Kajiado, Narok and Marsabit, according to the statement.

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National Drought Early Warning Bulletin_October 2016

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