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Marsabit residents risk losing 90pc of their animals to drought

In Summary:

  • Governor Ukur Yatani said the situation is expected to worsen in the coming days.
  • He welcomed efforts by the national government and the Kenya Red Cross Society to prevent drought-related deaths.
  • The Kenya Red Cross has also started a livestock off-take programme. 


    Marsabit Governor Ukur Yatani (in checked shirt) and the Kenya Red Cross Society Secretary-General Abbas Gullet help a resident put a slaughtered sheep into a bucket to ease transportation at Dukana slaughterhouse on February 1, 2017. Mr Yatani said pastoralists have already lost 60 per cent of their animals to drought.

    Residents of Marsabit County risk losing 90 per cent of their livestock by April due to ravaging drought if drastic measures are not taken, Governor Ukur Yatani has said.

    Mr Yatani said pastoralists have already lost 60 per cent of their animals.

    Speaking in Dukana in North Horr Constituency on Wednesday, the governor said the situation is expected to worsen in the coming days.

    He urged the national government to put in place long term plans of mitigating effects of drought even in future.

    Mr Yatani welcomed efforts by the national government and the Kenya Red Cross Society to prevent drought-related deaths.

    “We are looking for more help from humanitarian organisations in a bid to secure lives in the county," said the governor.

    Birds feed on carcasses of animals killed by ravaging drought in Dukana, Marsabit County. Herders risk losing 90 per cent of their livestock by April if the situation does not improve. PHOTO | IRENE MWENDWA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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