Friday, November 1, 2013

Garissa County residents warned of impending drought

A map of Garissa town.  Authorities have issued a warning over an impending drought that will sweep across Garissa County just two days after the World Bank issued an alert warning of an imminent drought that will affect several African countries, Kenya included. PHOTO/FILE

A map of Garissa town. Authorities have issued a warning over an impending drought that will sweep across Garissa County just two days after the World Bank issued an alert warning of an imminent drought that will affect several African countries, Kenya included. PHOTO/FILE  GOOGLEMAP

By ABDIMAALIK HAJIR
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Garissa County has issued a warning over an impending drought that will sweep across the region just two days after the World Bank issued an alert warning of an imminent drought that will affect several African countries, Kenya included.

Pastoral areas that have been identified to be hard hit are Dujis, Modogashe, Balambala, Ijara, Dadaab and Liboi.

Garissa County Commissioner Rashid Khator, while addressing the media, noted that was only recovering from flood related losses estimated at Sh1.2 billion with about 30 per cent of its residents already caught up in the escalating drought.

In a report titled ‘Africa’s Purse’ released in Abuja, Nigeria, the World Bank said a terrible drought will ravage several African countries between now and 2018.

Dr. Mohamed Keinan, the Garissa County Coordinator, National Drought Management Authority blamed the delay of the short rains expected to start from early October as being behind the worsening drought condition.

He said his office was working with the national and the county government to offer help to those who will be affected by the impending drought by providing water.

If there will be no rains in the next few days, he said the situation could be even worse as water resources and pasture are dwindling by the day.

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