Lack of Rain Causes Deadlier Drought in Kenya

There was terrifying scenery in Biyamadow, a sleepy village in northern Kenya, Wajir Regency where dead and rotten cattle were lining up on the roadside.

Kenya Drought
Lack of rainfall has killed plants that cause a decrease in water and food supply in Kenya. (Virginia Pietromarchi/Al Jazeera)

ACTNews, WAJIR – Since September, most of the areas in northern Kenya have only received 30 percent of the normal rainfall. According to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), the current rainfall condition is the worst in the past decades.

The lack of rainfall has wiped out pastures and exacerbated food and water shortages. As if in a macabre parade, cattle carcasses line the two sides of the dusty road in Biyamadow, a sleepy village in northern Kenya’s Wajir county.

Ibrahim Adow, a resident of Biyamadow shared his concern that during his 72 years of life, he has never seen such terrifying scenery. Adow himself has lost more than half his cattle. Those remaining are too weak to get milk from, too skinny to be sold.

“Nobody wants to buy my cattle,” said the village elder.

If no rainfall comes by the end of the year, as experts predict, it will be the third consecutive poor rain season since December 2020. 

“More frequent and longer droughts are becoming the order of the day,” said James Oduor, director of Kenya’s National Drought Management Authority (NDMA).[]