Hundreds of goats survived long drought only to die in the rain in northern Kenya

Hundreds of livestock have reportedly died in northern Kenya following heavy rains in the region.

More than 500 goats died in Hurri Hills in Marsabit county shortly after rains hit the area last week, the Daily Nation newspaper reported.

Fifty others died at the weekend at Shankera village, a local official said.

“We suspect [the goats] might have succumbed to pneumonia,” Bonaya Racha said.

A livestock expert told the Nation that such sudden death of the animals could be attributed to poisoning or hypothermia.

Residents of Marsabit were facing a severe food crisis due to a prolonged drought in the region.

A delay in this year’s March-May rains is expected to worsen the situation.

According to the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), more than 860,000 Kenyans are in need of immediate food assistance.

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