In Summary
  • Thousands of residents in the drought prone area are forced to walk long distances in search of the commodity.
  • Dams, water pans and rivers have dried up and the few that are yet to are depleting fast.
  • The dryness has also caused interruptions in learning at some schools and forced some children to drop out to join their families in search of pasture and water.
  • The residents asked the government to find them alternatives and give money for boreholes to be dug.

Parts of North Pokot Sub-county, West Pokot, have been hit by an acute water shortage occasioned by a prolonged dry season.

Thousands of residents in the drought prone area are forced to walk long distances in search of the commodity.

EFFECTS

Dams, water pans and rivers have dried up and the few that are yet to are depleting fast.

A snap survey at Nasal found residents digging up the ground for water and others in long queues for turns to drink or fetch water and give some to their animals.

Among those affected by the long walks are pregnant women, some of whom have miscarried due to the strain of walking and carrying large containers of water.

The dryness has also caused interruptions in learning at some schools and forced some children to drop out to join their families in search of pasture and water.

This has been the case before so county leaders have accused the government of not addressing the problem.

Deputy Governor Nicholas Atudonyang asked the government to intervene and MPs to raise the issue with the Water ministry.

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