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Early Warning System Shows Kenyan Drought Due to Intensify This Year

A new early warning system predicts the availability of forage for animals in the country's arid livestock-dependent north.

Kenya needs to brace itself for worsening drought in 2017, the United Nations said, using a new early warning system that predicts the availability of forage for animals in the country's arid livestock-dependent north.

People and animals' lives are at risk because they have not had a chance to recover from drought in 2014 as rains were also poor in 2015 and 2016, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.

"We really are concerned that the situation is going to deteriorate rapidly early into next year," Piers Simpkin, a livestock expert with FAO in Kenya, told a news conference.

EU/ECHO/Martin Karimi

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