Nairobi, Kenya; October 5th, 2022 – The ASAL region of Kenya has endured three severe droughts in the last decade (2010-2011, 2016-2017 and 2020-2022).
The current drought (2020 – 2022) has been the most severe and longest with widespread livelihood losses and massive displacement of populations.
Currently, more than 4.2 million people representing 24% of the ASAL population are facing high levels of acute food insecurity with about 2.7 million people in the Crisis phase and 785,000 people in the Emergency state.
This is a 10% increase from the same period in 2021 when 2.1 million people were categorized as in an emergency and crisis state; as stated by ASAL’s Humanitarian Network’.
Mortality rates have increased due to the depletion of food and water shortage in most arid and semi-arid parts of Kenya as a result of limited rainfall. Counties affected are Garrisa, Marsabit, Wajir, Isiolo, West Pokot, Samburu, Turkana and Mandera.
According to a report released on Friday by the country’s tourism department, at least 1,210 animals have died in the past nine months, which includes: 205 elephants, 51 buffalos, 49 Grevy’s zebras, 12 giraffes 512 wildebeests and 381 common zebras.
This devastating drought has snatched away people’s and livestock’s lives and is continuing to intensify.