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Drought deteriorates in Kenya, NDMA warns

The early cessation of the 2022 long rains season has worsened the drought situation in 19 of the 23 arid and semiarid (ASAL) counties, National Drought Management Authority has said.
A Kenyan map showing counties that are worst affected by drought./NDMA

The drought situation is getting worse due to three previous consecutive failed seasons. The 2022 long rains season failure is the fourth consecutive poor rainfall season since the 2020 short rains.

The worst affected counties are majorly those that practice herding as the main economic activity. They are classified by NDMA as being in the Alarm stage. 

Laikipia, Mandera, Marsabit, Wajir, Isiolo and Samburu are the hardest hit by drought in Kenya, according to NDMA.

13 counties are in the Alert drought phase. Kitui is the only county in Ukambani that is in this stage. Others are Turkana, Samburu, Isiolo, Garissa, Tana River, Meru and Baringo.

Many families in Kenya cannot afford three meals a day due to general increase in prices of most consumer goods and decline in livestock prices.


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