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More than 200 elephants, hundreds of zebras and wildebeests have died as a result of the worst drought in Kenya in four decades, the country's tourism minister said on Friday, writes AFP.
The crisis has affected almost half of Kenya's regions and at least four million out of a population of 50 million.
“The drought killed wild animals, mostly herbivores,” — Tourism Minister Penina Malonza said at a press conference in Nairobi on Friday, adding that 14 species have been identified as affected. br />
Between February and October, officials recorded the deaths of 205 elephants, 512 wildebeest, 381 zebras, 12 giraffes and 51 buffaloes, she said.
“Elephants in the regions Amboseli and Laikipia-Samburu have been hit the hardest by the drought, with more than 70 elephant deaths recorded in their ecosystems,” Malonza said.
According to her, the authorities bring hay for the animals.
The tourism ministry estimates that 36,000 elephants were killed in the country last year.
Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia have not experienced four consecutive rainy seasons, and millions of people across the Horn of Africa have been driven to extremes hunger. More than 1.5 million cattle died in Kenya alone.
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