More than 50 primary schools in the arid areas of Baringo County risk closure due to lack of food and water.
This follows the persistent dry spell in the area which has also led to the drying up of major water sources.
Schools in Tiaty, Baringo South, Mogotio and Baringo North are expected to be affected by the looming drought.
Locals have moved with their children and livestock to other areas in search of water and pasture.
Some of the schools worst hit include Nasorot, Toplen, Naudo, Lochokia, Napukut,Kang’uria, Silale, Korelach, Katagh, Embositit, Kapunyany, Chemayes, Ptikii , Riong’o, Akwichatis, Chesakam and Nakule respectively.
Thousands are now forced to dig burrow-like wells on dry river beds to access the diminishing resource.
Most of the water sources in the area are shared with animals and therefore waterborne diseases like diarrhoea are common, especially among children. To add salt to injury, all county water browsers are grounded.
Mochongoi Ward MCA Kipruto Kimosop said it was saddening and shameful that the county government is unprepared to the looming disaster.
He called on to the county government to speedily intervene as situation is getting dire by the day.
Loyamorok Ward MCA Maria Losile requested humanitarian agencies to come to the aid of children who are left on their own at home as parents search for pasture.