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Event: DR Drought
Number: 2019-000024
Country: KEN Kenya
Location: Nationwide
Date (YMD): 2019-1-1
Information Source:IFRC
Comments: The effects of below average 2018 October-November-December (OND) short rains season continue to be experienced in many parts of the country. The effect of short and erratic rainfall compounded with pre-existing fragile coping capacity, the food security situation has deteriorated in many counties of the country. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) bulletins for January 2019 indicates that 16 counties (West Pokot, Tharaka Nithi, Samburu, Nyeri (Kieni), Marsabit, Mandera, Lamu, Laikipia, Kitui, Kilifi, Isiolo, Garissa, Embu, Baringo, Turkana and Wajir) are currently experiencing increasing Stressed food insecurity (IPC2) with the situation worsening as a result of ongoing effects of the drought. Wajir County is the worst affected in the country with Turkana, Marsabit, Baringo, Samburu and Garissa also experiencing significant deterioration in the food security. Some communities in these affected counties are already in IPC 3 with the situation projected to further deteriorate. According to the SRA 2018 drought season, 800,000 people are currently in Crisis IPC 3 and require immediate food assistance. An additional 5.4 million people are currently in IPC 2 and face a risk of sliding into IPC 3 should the situation continue to deteriorate.
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