LOST LIVELIHOOD

Heavy rains kill 1,000 goats in Mandera

Government has been supplying relief food and water to sustain livestock due to drought

In Summary

• MCA suspects death toll to be higher because some areas are inaccessible and with no communication due to poor network coverage. 

• He calls on state to help families restock 'as the animals were their only livelihood'. 

Scattered herd of goats that succumbed to heavy downpour and flooding in Gither ward, Mandera West subcounty, on Thursday evening.
WASHED AWAY: Scattered herd of goats that succumbed to heavy downpour and flooding in Gither ward, Mandera West subcounty, on Thursday evening.
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

More than 1,000 goats that had survived a long drought were killed by a downpour and heavy flooding on Thursday evening in Gither ward of Mandera West subcounty. 

The county government and the National Drought Management Authority have been giving relief rations and trucking in water during the dry spell. 

 MCA Ahmed Rashid said, "It is a very unfortunate incident as the goats were very weak and could not survive the heavy downfall.

He said a family migrating from Gither to Ethiopia in search of pasture lost more than 400 goats, " Rashid said. 

The MCA said the death toll could be higher because some areas are inaccessible and have no communication due to poor network coverage. 

He called on the county, and national government and other donor agencies to help restock livestock "as this was their only means of livelihood". 

National Drought Management Authority coordinator Hussein Alio promised the government will help the families restock. 

Alio said resources were limited, however.

The short rains are expected in two weeks as the drought worsens.

Edited by R.Wamochie