Preparing for El Niño in Kenya

26 October 2015

We are working with animal owners in Kenya to prepare for the strongest El Niño weather patterns in over 15 years.

Kenya is predicted to be impacted by the El Niño weather phenomenon in the coming months. So our disaster response team has implemented a preparedness plan with country officials and the University of Nairobi to ensure they do not experience a repeat of the tragic 2006 / 2007 El Niño floods.

Our disaster management work isn’t just based on reactive responses to disaster events. We help countries that are likely to be affected by disasters by implementing preparedness programmes to ensure the impact is as minimal as possible.

This year’s El Niño is expected to have the worst impact in over 15 years. And we’re making sure we prepare Kenya for it, due to the predicted floods and landslides that will affect Kenyan animals and their owners. We have already worked in other countries that were impacted by this El Niño, for example, we helped llamas and alpacas affected by the cold wave in Peru.

Phases one and two of our disaster preparedness plan have been implemented

Our preparedness programme was conducted in Baringo County, Kenya this month. We joined the Directorate of Veterinary Services, the County Government of Baringo and the University of Nairobi to implement it.

Agriculture is one of the most prominent economic activities in the country and animals play a huge part in this industry, whether they are being farmed themselves or working on the farm. Floods that reach farms can drown and displace animals. If the animals do not die, they become distressed, injured and left vulnerable to disease.

We are pleased that the Kenya County Government and partnership groups are keen to work with us on this preparedness plan so as to avoid a repeat of the devastating impact of the 2006 / 2007 El Niño floods.

Hundreds of thousands of animals have already been reached

Actions of the two phases included:

  • Immediate vaccinations for animals against Rift Valley Fever (RVF) and rabies
  • Veterinary care and immunity building through vitamins, deworming, and treatment
  • Flood preparedness awareness training for extension officers and county officials to pass messages to farmers
  • Preparedness and survival tips shared through radio, television campaigns and on the streets

268,968 animals were reached under these two phases and, if necessary, we will be out doing response work to help animals when floods hit.

Help us to continue to prepare for the El Niño impact globally

It’s not just Kenya’s animals that need our help; this El Niño has the potential to impact countries on a global scale.

Go to our Animals in disasters page to find out more about the disaster management work we do and how you can help.

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