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January 16, 2021
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Lack of water pushes pastoralists migrate to Ethiopia

The effects of the ongoing drought in most areas of Kenya has pushed some pastoralists in Marsabit to start migrating to Ethiopia in search of water and pasture.

This comes a few days after it was reported that there were Ethiopians who were migrating to Kenya as result of the same natural calamity.

The National Drought Management Authority Director Golicha Guyo confirmed to the Water Kenya that North Eastern Kenya is facing drought again.

Golicha says the region has been hit by low ground water levels. “We are currently experiencing water scarcity and some water spots are under strain due to the high numbers of livestock and people,” Golicha said. Some pastoralists have moved from Dukana region.

Wajir and Turkana counties have also been adversely affected by the drought and some regions of Ethiopia.

Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok had asked the national government, NGOs and well-wishers to assist his county with relief food to mitigate the effects of drought.

The National Drought Management Authority had warned of possible drought in this January 2019 report.

Nanok says the county government has already bought 3,600,0-50kgs bags of maize 10,000-20 litres of cooking oil and 10,000-50kg bags of beans.

He said the distribution of this consignment began on February 28 and is expected to reach 84,923 households in over 665 Food Distribution Points (FDPs).

The most affected areas are Kaeris, Kaaleng’/Kaikor, Lapur and Upper Lake Zone in Turkana North; Kibish; Naanam, Songot, Letea and Lopur in Turkana West; Kerio Delta and upper Kalokol in Turkana Central; Lobei/Kotaruk and Turkwel in Loima; Lobokat, Kalapata and Upper Lokichar in Turkana South and Kapedo, Lokori/Kochodin and Katilia in Turkana East.

Moreover, he said the county has send disaster management officers and ward administrators in the most affected areas to help in distribution of the foodstuffs and provide a compressive report

 

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