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World News March 7, 2023

Kenya loses 2.61 million livestock to drought

According to the report of the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), Kenya has lost 2.61 million livestock to drought in recent months, which is about 5 percent of all animals in arid and semi-arid areas.

Sheep and cattle were the most affected, either malnutrition being the cause of their death. The drought situation has worsened in 22 out 0f 23 arid counties due to poor rainfall and depleted pasture worsened by high temperatures.

The Kenyan Government has released 2 billion Kenyan shillings to secure relief food distribution. Up to 5 million Kenyan citizens are facing starvation due to the worst drought in about 30 years, with Somalia and Ethiopia being the other affected Horn of African countries.


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