Laikipia residents facing starvation due to lack of rain

Written By: Hunja Macharia

The National Drought Management Authority has warned that the prolonged absence of rain will affect over 30,000 residents in Laikipia County.

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The Authority says it will in the meantime start issuing fuel to various community borehole pumps after several dams dried up following prolonged dry spell.

The Authority says if it doesn’t rain in the next one week the situation will deteriorate and the people and their animals might be forced to move in search of water.

According to Laikipia NDMA Coordinator Henry Mustafa pastoralists from the neighboring Isiolo and Samburu Counties have already started moving to Laikipia in search of pasture and this will make the situation worse as they try to compete for the little available resources.

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During a spot check on various dams in the region we found that there is no water at Musul, Tiamamut, Kijabe, Mulpusi, Waso and Loshaki dams and residents are using boreholes to get water for their animals.

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Mustafa noted that they will provide over 1600 liters of diesel to ten boreholes in Mukogodo East and West that are the most affected which will be used to pump water to residents, schools and livestock.

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Some of the boreholes to benefit include Tiamamut, Loshaki, Naiperere, Al Jiju, Ol Kinyei, Doldol and Nosirai among others.

The coordinator said livestock keepers are already heading towards Mt Kenya Forest in search of pasture.

Timothy Musiani from Kimanju called on the County Government of Laikipia to move in and desalt all the dams that have dried up in readiness to store more rain water when it finally comes.

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Mosiani said the government should have noted that every year there is shortage of water during this period and moved in to mitigate the same.

The sentiments were echoed by James Meshami a resident who said the fuel will play a big role in ensuring that they have water for the next eight days.

At the same time a water boozer has been dispatched to the area to take water to residents who cannot access the boreholes.



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