Drought Threatens Census In North Eastern Kenya

Women wait in a queue for a water bourser at Nasinyono village in Turkana West Sub County. Leaders from the region have appealed for relief aid to assist over 2 million people facing starvation. [Standard]

By The Standard Digital

North Eastern MPs have warned that the ongoing drought in the region may force their constituents to skip the forthcoming population census as locals begin migrating to neighboring counties for water and pastures.

Led by National Assembly Majority Leader and Garissa Town MP Aden Duale, the MPs appealed for urgent food and water supplies amid reports that at least two million people face starvation.

Duale said there was a serious food, water and pasture shortage in the region after April-May long rains failed.

“We ask the national and county governments, and international donors to come to the aid of the people affected by the drought,” said Duale.

He said Kenya National Bureau of Statistics should consider allocating more time for the census in the region due to the migration nature of the pastoral communities.

“As we speak today, some of our people have crossed to Somalia, Ethiopia, and South Sudan in search of pasture and water. KNBS must tell us what they are doing to address the unique situation in northern Kenya while conducting the census exercise,” said Duale. The appeal comes at the backdrop of a report by a state agency that the number of people facing food shortage was likely to hit two million this month. Read more>>

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