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23 Feb 2017 description
report Kenya Red Cross

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has been engaged in rehabilitation of water sources in drought stricken counties, among them Nginyang SDA Borehole in Tiaty, Baringo county.

The borehole had broken down in December 2016 forcing residents to walk long distances in search of water.

“It is great to see residents use the borehole. It had some mechanical problems and when it was brought to our attention, we moved with speed and repaired it within one week,” said Dr. Mohamud Said, Governor, KRCS. “We are happy to note that water if flowing very well,” added Dr. Said.

22 Feb 2017 description

UNSOM welcomes the following joint declaration from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia in response to the current drought:

MOGADISHU DECLARATION ON REGIONAL COOPERATION ON THE CURRENT DROUGHT

22 Feb 2017 description
report Kenya Red Cross

The drought situation continues to escalate rendering 2.7 million people food insecure, among them residents of Baringo county who have to withstand the ravaging drought and inter-clan conflict over the remaining scarce resources.

At the start of the drought, Baringo was classified under the alert stage of drought classification meaning it needed minimal interventions. However, as the drought escalated, the county slid into alarm stage needing urgent assistance.

22 Feb 2017 description
report IRIN

Jared Ferrie

An obscure climate phenomenon in the Indian Ocean is contributing to an East Africa drought that is threatening the lives of millions of people, as famine looms.

Read more on IRIN

22 Feb 2017 description
report Malteser

Malteser International helps children in Kenya and South Sudan

21 Feb 2017 description

By Evelyne Karanja

NAIROBI, 21 February 2017 – Already grappling with an extended dry spell, countries in Greater Horn of Africa are bracing for an even deeper drought, with the approach of the traditional March to May rainy season offering little cause for comfort.

Exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon, below-average rainfall is worsening food security and water availability, straining the resilience of communities across the region.

21 Feb 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Biophysical Indicators

  • Low rainfall amount was received in some parts of the county during the third week of the month. It was a poor start of the off-season rains.
  • Pasture and browse condition is poor in most areas. The condition is below normal.
  • The state of water is inadequate in main water sources in most areas. The situation is below normal.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

21 Feb 2017 description
report ACT Alliance

1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

20 Feb 2017 description
report UN News Service

20 février 2017 – La Directrice exécutive du Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM), Ertharin Cousin, et le Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, Filippo Grandi, ont exprimé lundi leur préoccupation concernant les graves pénuries d'aide alimentaire qui affectent environ deux millions de réfugiés situés dans 10 pays africains notamment dans la Corne de l'Afrique

20 Feb 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

75,271
South Sudanese arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 31 Jan

1,509,462
Total South Sudanese refugees as of 31 January 2017 (pre and post Dec 2013 caseload and new arrivals)

262,560
Refugees in South Sudan

1.853 M
Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in South Sudan, including 223,862 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site

FUNDING

20 Feb 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

159,053
The camp population as at 31st January 2017. The figure is inclusive of Kalobeyei population.

1,532
Number of South Sudanese new arrivals registered in January 2017.

19,402
The population hosted at Kalobeyei Settlement as at 31st January 2017.

20 litres
The per capita water consumption per person per in Kakuma refugee.

FUNDING

20 Feb 2017 description
report Save the Children

More than one million children in war-torn South Sudan risk starvation, Save the Children is warning, as a famine is declared in the country’s Unity State.

The latest government and Famine Early Warning Systems figures predict that 4.9 million people (nearly half the country’s population) will be in a food crisis across the country, many of them close to famine level, between now and April. This includes at least one million children. That figure is expected to jump to 5.5 million people at the height of the lean season in July.

20 Feb 2017 description

Some 2.7 million people across half of Kenya's 47 counties have been affected by the drought, declared a national disaster By Anthony Langat

GARISSA, Kenya, Feb 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Along a dusty road between the northern Kenyan town of Garissa and the village of Kasha, the carcasses of dozens of cows and goats lie rotting in the heat.

The ground is bare and trees are losing their leaves due to a drought that has persisted for months. There is no pasture for livestock and the foliage they have been eating is becoming scarce.

20 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • Kenya has declared the drought a national disaster and requested for international assistance.

  • Number of acutely food-insecure Kenyans more than doubles to 2.6 million.

  • WFP urgently requires funding to support children with moderate acute malnutrition and school children.

  • WFP continues with ration cuts for refugees due to limited funding.

Operational Updates

20 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

· The drought in the Horn of Africa is generating a humanitarian crisis of alarming proportions. The number of people in crisis and emergency food insecurity levels Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) 3 or above in Somalia (2.9 million), Ethiopia (5.6 million) and Kenya (2.6 million) now stands at over 11 million people.

· Global acute malnutrition (GAM) levels among children aged 6-59 months, pregnant women and nursing mothers remain a serious concern, with levels of over 25 percent GAM being reported in some parts of Somalia and Kenya.

20 Feb 2017 description

The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, are very concerned that critical shortages in food assistance are affecting some 2 million refugees in 10 countries across Africa.

The shortages could worsen in coming months without new resources to meet food needs.

20 Feb 2017 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By Abdimalik Hajir

Government has distributed relief food to schools in Garissa to cushion parents who are facing the burden of pay fees amid biting drought.

Speaking during the opening of Tumaini Secondary School in Garissa Township, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said the government has disbursed about 5,000 sacks of relief food to over 30 schools in Garissa Town.