Kenya Army personnel drawn from 7, 15 and 19 Kenya Rifle Battalions as well as 86 Armoured Reconnaissance Battalion and the 78 Tank Battalion have today come to the aid of Northern Frontier District locals who were really facing challenges of water shortage that led to deaths of livestock and frustrations of locals.
A move that saved them from traveling kilometres of distance in search of the essential products.
The aid comes at a time when thousands of locals in the arid area need emergency aid as severe drought hits northern Kenya.
After the failure of the June to August rains, the reality on the ground is grave, and the lives and livelihoods of thousands of nomadic cattle farmers are at stake.
More than one million people in 18 districts have needed food and water aid because of drought since early this year after rainfall continued to be inadequate.
Kenyans have however suggested that emergency funds be channeled for boreholes and water tankers for the whole counties of Mandera, Garissa and Wajir following fears that the situation could lead to more conflict between communities at water points that were already overstretched.
Following the failure of short rains, 95% of boreholes, earth dams and water pans in those counties have dried up.
The remaining water sources cannot cope with constant demand from livestock and humans. With the distance travelled to fetch water in areas not served by boreholes or water trucking services has increasing from four to six kilometres to eight to twelve kilometres.
The queuing time for domestic water in boreholes has also increased from the normal one to two hours to twelve to eighteen hours.
Many households are now resorting to selling animals at less than 10% of their normal value. The collapse of the livestock market in major centres has led to hardship
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