1,000 livestock freeze to death in rainstorm
Goats and sheep survived the drought, only to be killed by a two-day cloudburst
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