IAS responds to the drought crisis in Ethiopia and Kenya

Water flows in drought stricken Tharaka, Kenya.

August 28, 2014 | Posted in Humanitarian intervention, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Press release | By

Water flows in drought stricken Tharaka, Kenya.

Water flows in drought stricken Tharaka, Kenya.

The Horn of Africa region is experiencing severe drought. Poor rainfall has exacerbated an already precarious situation leaving large populations extremely vulnerable. The peak is expected in September and October before, hopefully, some rains will come in late October.

In Kenya IAS is targeting vulnerable populations in Tharaka Nithi County. The focus for the intervention is supply of safe water through water trucking and rehabilitations of boreholes, improving hygiene and sanitation, and distribution of food. In Ethiopia IAS is targeting vulnerable populations in Miyo District, Borena Zone. Focus for that intervention is supply of safe water through water trucking and drilling of new boreholes, and improving hygiene and sanitation. The interventions in both countries will assist at least 44,000 people.

Sida, through its framwork organization Swedish Mission Council (SMC), has approved approximately 1 million SEK for each of the interventions. IAS aims to increase its response further.

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