Kenya faces worst drought in 38 years

Residents in Geylab in Modogashe, Garissa County fetch water from a drying well. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The dry weather witnessed in the long rains season from March to May will be the worst in 38 years, worsening food shortages, water scarcity and piling pressure on electricity bills.
  • Igad says the rains have already failed and even if it rains now, farmers will not make any meaningful return from their farms because the planting season is already over.
  • The agency has warned that about 541,309 children under five in Kenya are at risk of malnutrition at the moment with the food shortage expected to get worse in the coming weeks.

The dry weather witnessed in the long rains season from March to May will be the worst in 38 years, worsening food shortages, water scarcity and piling pressure on electricity bills.

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