Jun 22, 2021

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Disaster looms in drought, flood prone areas

The Secretary General of the Society, Dr. Asha Mohammed said the two natural disasters will occur at the same time.

This relates to a forecast by the Kenyan Weather Department, which the humanitarian agency said, “Paints a picture of hope and darkness. “

However, farmers are optimistic, as the forecast indicates average to above-average rainfall in the regions of West, Rift Valley, Coast and Central.

The rainfall, especially in the western region, will have a negative impact on agriculture as the farms will be flooded with rainwater and cattle could be swept away.

The humanitarian organization is already responding to flash floods in the vicinity of Lake Victoria and Lake Tana Delta.

Households displaced

“After heavy rains in the Tana Delta a week ago, over 121 households were displaced,” said Dr. Asha The arid and semi-arid belt in the northeast will continue to experience below average rainfall, an extension of last year’s poor rainfall p performance in the last quarter of the year when it usually rains briefly.

“This leads to a spinning drought in Marsabit, Isiolo, Garissa, Wajir and Mandera counties, ”explained Dr. Asha.

The projection is likely to lead to a decline in crop production and the regeneration of animal pastures in these areas.

Access to food and income is expected to be restricted “, said Dr. Asha.

The food security of these counties is also threatened by the locust invasion last year. The swarm of locusts travels about 150 kilometers in a day, and every kilometer they traverse equates to enough food for about 35,000 people in one day.

Food crisis

The United States The nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization hired the Kenya Red Cross last year to assess the impact of the locust invasion.

If the impending food crisis is not addressed in advance, the number of people who will they need urgent life-saving support by around 93 percent. This follows the release of a report by the Kenya Food Security Steering Group, the results of which indicate that more than 1.4 million people are likely to starve.

Turkana, Marsabit and Mandera were considered on the red list for Unsafe food classified districts that urgently need action.

As part of its alert phase, the Kenyan Red Cross has listed six additional districts whose food security is declining. You are; Baringo, Isiolo, Kilifi, Garissa, Wajir and Tana River.

The agency delivered 530 tons of relief supplies to Marsabit County on Friday.

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