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DROUGHT STRIKES NORTH EASTERN KENYA

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Children under five years, pregnant women and the elderly bear the brunt of food insecurity as devastating drought depletes resources in the region. In Moyale town, two children below five years were admitted to the district hospital over severe malnutrition, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society report on the drought in the Upper Eastern. In Marsabit North District, unconfirmed reports said that two elderly herders had died of starvation. Relief agencies have already started distributing food in the area to avert a crisis. A Red Cross report indicates that majority of residents in northern Kenya face starvation following massive crop failure in the last three planting seasons. There have also been reports of animal deaths in the region due to drought. “Residents in Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu and Moyale are on food relief assistance, which is not enough. Locals have deployed coping mechanisms of skipping one meal a day. In Marti, Samburu North District, pastoral households do not prepare lunch except porridge for children,” says the report. In Moyale, Marsabit County, the price of a kilo of maize shot from Sh25 to Sh40 while beans prices rose from Sh50 to Sh70 a kilo.

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