More than 900,000 children under 5 are suffering from acute malnutrition amid drought in Kenya

The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) said that nearly 942,000 Kenyan children under the age of five, as well as pregnant and nursing mothers, are severely malnourished because of the drought.

The NDMA said in its assessment on Friday that some children in 23 affected arid and semi-arid areas have been found to have acute malnutrition. The number increased from 884,000 cases in September, the Xinhua news agency reported.

“More than 134,000 cases of pregnant or lactating women with acute malnutrition in need of treatment have also been reported,” the national disaster authority said.

The institution noted that the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Kenya now stands at 4.35 million, up from 4.1 million in June.

The NDMA also said that the death rates of camels, cattle, goats, and sheep have all gone up because there is less pasture and water in most arid counties.

He said that there have been reports of a lot of dead cattle in the counties of Samburu, Mandera, Isiolo, Lamu, Marsabit, and Garissa.

Millions of people across the Horn of Africa face hunger and death due to drought, with Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia worst affected.

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