Africa drought: Some children just ‘one disease away from catastrophe’

  • 27.08.2022
  • UN News

Most people in the Horn of Africa rely on water delivered by vendors on trucks or donkey carts. In areas worst hit by drought, water is no longer affordable for many families, said UNICEF:

  • In Kenya, 23 counties have seen significant price hikes topped by Mandera at a 400 per cent increase, and Garissa at 260 per cent, compared to January 2021 figures.
  • In Ethiopia, the cost of water in June this year has doubled in the Oromia region, and 50 per cent in Somali, compared to the onset of the drought in October 2021.
  • In Somalia, average water prices climbed 85 per cent in South-Mudug, and 55 and 75 per cent respectively in Buurhakaba and Ceel Berde, compared to prices in January this year.