1,000 live­stock freeze to death in rain­storm

Goats and sheep sur­vived the drought, only to be killed by a two-day cloud­burst

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenas­tariko

They sur­vived the drought only to be killed by a rain­storm. Some 1,000 starving goats and sheep froze to death dur­ing a storm at the week­end at Shim­birey, Balam­bala sub­county.

Is­nino Omar, owner of some of the live­stock, said the weak and ema­ci­ated an­i­mals were caught in the rain at the Shim­birey wa­ter point. She lost 50 goats and sheep.

“We were caught flatfooted by the bizarre chilly weather and lost the only source of liveli­hood that sur­vived the drought. I am ap­peal­ing to the gov­ern­ment to come to our res­cue,” Is­nino said, sob­bing.

The an­i­mals are ly­ing dead in the open-air shel­ter. The area is one of those hard-hit by a drought. In Novem­ber, Garissa Gov­er­nor Nathif Jama de­clared the drought a dis­as­ter and called for ur­gent help.

“The county has not seen a drought of such mag­ni­tude in 200 years. It is for this rea­son that we call on the na­tional gov­ern­ment to be re­spon­sive and proac­tive,” he said.

De­vo­lu­tion CS Mwangi Ki­un­juri on Oc­to­ber 14 said about 1.3 mil­lion Kenyans are fac­ing famine, fol­low­ing in­ad­e­quate rain. He said all the 23 arid and semi-arid land coun­ties are af­fected.

A drought team set up camp in Garissa on Oc­to­ber 19 to col­lect in­for­ma­tion and data on the drought.

The gov­ern­ment moved in and started dis­tribut­ing re­lief food. It was, how­ever, not enough.

County com­mis­sioner James Kianda three weeks ago said the seven sub­coun­ties re­quire at least 421 tonnes of food.


Yus­suf Aden from Hosingo in Bura con­stituency looks at the car­cass of his cow that died on Oc­to­ber 19 as a re­sult of drought

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