Monday, October 19, 2009

Rain returns to Kenya

The rain has come back to Kenya, but many are still hungry. Meteorologists in Kenya say that crops will not fail this year, as the rain season that has just begun has provided enough water.

However, because of previous dry seasons, millions of people are still hungry in the region. Aid officials from the UN' s World Food Programme say they will continue to provide food to the region.

From this Associated Press article hosted at Google, we learn more on what could be the end of the drought.

Spokesman Ayub Shaka said Monday that drought-stricken areas received enough precipitation last week to indicate that this season's rainfall will not fail. The short rainfall season usually lasts from mid-October to December and the long rains from the beginning of March to the end of May.

Rain has been sparse for the last four seasons. The drought has led to crop failure, deaths of herd animals and widespread hunger.

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