Long dry spell to con­tinue, says weath­er­man

Most coun­ties are fac­ing acute food short­age due to per­sis­tent low rain­fall

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - AGATHA NGOTHO @agath­ang­otho

Most parts of the coun­try will be warm and dry, while a few will re­ceive show­ers, Kenya Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices di­rec­tor J Gacheru has said.

Cur­rently, some parts of the Coast and North­east­ern are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing drought, with 1.3 mil­lion Kenyans fac­ing star­va­tion

The Met De­part­ment says Si­aya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Mig­ori, Kisii, Nyamira, Trans Nzoia, Baringo, Uasin Gishu, El­geyo Marak­wet and Nandi coun­ties are ex­pected to ex­pe­ri­ence sunny in­ter­vals with some show­ers and thun­der­storms in some places.

Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Ka­ji­ado, Keri­cho, Bomet, Kakamega, Vi­higa, Bun­goma and Bu­sia coun­ties will also ex­pe­ri­ence sunny in­ter­vals in the morn­ings, with show­ers and thun­der­storms over few places.

The week’s fore­cast in­di­cates that Turkana, West Pokot and Sam­buru coun­ties will ex­pe­ri­ence sunny in­ter­vals through­out.

Nairobi, Nyan­darua, Ny­eri, Kirinyaga, Mu­rang’a, Ki­ambu, Meru, Embu and Tharaka Nithi coun­ties will ex­pe­ri­ence sunny in­ter­vals with a like­li­hood of af­ter­noon show­ers over few high-ground ar­eas from to­mor­row.

“Other coun­ties like Marsabit, Man­dera, Wa­jir, Garissa, Isi­olo, Ki­tui, Makueni, Machakos and Taita Taveta are ex­pected to ex­pe­ri­ence sunny in­ter­vals the whole day through­out the fore­cast pe­riod,” Gacheru said.

Mom­basa, Tana River, Kil­ifi, Lamu and Kwale will re­ceive oc­ca­sional show­ers over few places in the morn­ing, but af­ter­noons are ex­pected to be mainly sunny. DROUGHT WARN­ING Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Drought Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity, most arid and semi-arid coun­ties are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some de­gree of drought stress as the dry sea­son draws to a close.

Kil­ifi county is in the alarm drought phase, while all oth­ers are in alert or nor­mal, with a gen­er­ally wors­en­ing trend.

In parts of Kil­ifi, Garissa, Lamu, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Tana River, Makueni, Ka­ji­ado, Narok and Marsabit there are now sig­nif­i­cant short­ages of pas­ture and wa­ter, and in some cases live­stock deaths.

The early warn­ing re­port says the food in­se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion is ex­ac­er­bat­ing with con­flict in some coun­ties, es­pe­cially along the bor­ders of Isi­olo and Garissa where pas­toral­ists’ con­ver­gence is com­mon.

“If the sea­son is be­low av­er­age, as cur­rently fore­cast, or its on­set is late, then the drought sit­u­a­tion will be­come sig­nif­i­cantly worse, with im­pacts on health and nutri­tion, house­hold pur­chas­ing power, and se­cu­rity,” the re­ports states.

“The im­pli­ca­tions of a poor sea­son are par­tic­u­larly wor­ry­ing for the mar­ginal agri­cul­tural coun­ties, which are short rains-de­pen­dent,” it says.

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