Flooding in Kenya is a primary cause of loss for many farmers in the country. This problem is common in arid and semi-arid parts of the nation, where irrigation is most required during droughts.
In Marsabit County, livestock farmers are now counting losses after floods caused by Monday’s heavy downpour killed thousands of sheep and goats. Carcasses of sheep and goats were found lying on grazing fields in North Horr sub-county following what is now considered one of the worst flooding in Kenya in recent years.
Silvester Mwangulu, the area’s Deputy County Commission, reported that the rains had prevented herders from rushing the animals to safety. In a phone call conversation with Nation, Mr. Mwangulu said the tragedy killed more than 5,000 sheep and goats.
“On Monday night, a few areas in North Horr sub-county, especially along the Ethiopia-Kenya border, experienced a heavy downpour which was accompanied by a hailstorm, leading to the deaths of over 5,00 goats and sheep,” Mr. Mwangulu lamented.
He linked the sudden loss to the effects of a hailstorm on the trip and flock.
Heavy rains are reported to have hit the area after a prolonged period of drought that started in May last year.
According to the herders, only 100 animals survived the flood, but many survivors are likely to die after deteriorating health conditions.
Mr. Mwangulu asked the government to extend a hand of help to the affected livestock farmers who are now facing significant food shortages for their remaining animals.