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Be prepared for heavy rains, Mandera residents told

The  Mandera Meteorological Department has warned of heavy down pour during the short rains season from October to December.

Area  Meteorological Officer in- Charge, Otin Dipo said  on Tuesday the rains would be disastrous with flash floods that in the past have swept away crops along River Daua the only permanent source of water for irrigation farming.

He asked residents living along the river banks and places that flood to take extra precaution.

The officer advised that the flood water could be harnessed and stored to be used during dry season.

Meanwhile, the Coordinator National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), Hussein Alio has decried the heavy rainfall during the first week of October that has killed livestock due to their weak body condition.

Flash floods have cut away transport and swept away pasture besides washing away crops along the river.

Over 80 % of the county has received sustainable rainfall but killed over 1, 000 goats in Gither ward alone.

The region is characterized by long dry spells with animals starving due to lack of pasture with the government giving mineral rich fodder pelletes to sustain livestock.

By  Dickson Githaiga

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