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[PHOTOS] 526 sheep killed during heavy rains in Loitokitok

Metrological department has predicted that the short rains would be depressed with a late onset.

In Summary

• In total, 526 sheep and four calves died.

• The animals belonged to two pastoralists, with one losing 200 sheep (his whole herd) while the other lost 150 sheep and was only left with four.

Image: AGATHA NGOTHO

Livestock keepers in Loitokitok have lost herds of sheep to the heavy downpour that happened on Tuesday night.

The incident happened in Chyullu Hills village, Loitokitok subcounty, in Kajiado county.

In total, 526 sheep and four calves died.

The animals belonged to two pastoralists, with one losing 200 sheep (his whole herd) while the other lost 150 sheep and was only left with four.

According to a veterinary officer, the animals suffered from hunger, and  their immune system was comprised.

Respiratory infections are common during dry and wet conditions.

The heavy rains act as a trigger for respiratory conditions, which can be fatal. 

The officer said the animals should have been sheltered to avoid the sudden change of weather.

This comes as the country faces severe drought which has affected most arid and semi-arid counties.

The Kenya Metrological department has predicted that the short rains would be depressed with a late onset.

 

Edited by CM