Kenya declares state of emergency and asks army to help battle drought

2% of the world’s rarest zebras wiped out in Kenya’s relentless drought

A large bull elephant on a mat, with the head of a giraffe, stands in the dust after a water drop from a watering bucket during a drought in Kenya.

“I would like to see them return to us,” said Banda Lwanga, who lost 11 of his 12 children and his wife on the same day last April 26.

Kagame has said he is determined to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

The current drought in East Africa has caused a third of the world’s big herbivores to vanish, killing at least 7.5 million of them, including 4 million wildebeest and 3.7 million buffalo.

Wildlife officials in Kenya say they have discovered a new crisis – the loss of waterholes with water that is undrinkable because of a lack of rain.

Mr Banda said he was not surprised about the death toll because of the drought.

“People here are used to death from drought,” he said.

The government in Kenya has declared a state of emergency and has asked the army to help battle the drought that has killed at least 7.5 million of the country’s wild animals, including 4.4 million buffalo and 3.65 million antelope.

The government has also said it could not do much to prevent the deaths in the bush or in the cities because of an acute shortage of money and equipment.

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