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Update: Water deliveries rise from 16 to 33 towns

Kenya, August 12, 2011

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    Erin Gray/Mercy Corps  </span>
    Women in Wajir West filling containers with clean water from Mercy Corps. Photo: Erin Gray/Mercy Corps
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    Erin Gray/Mercy Corps  </span>
    Mercy Corps water storage tank in place in Wajir South. Photo: Erin Gray/Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps' emergency response team in northeastern Kenya is providing fresh, clean water to more than 186,000 people in 33 drought-stricken villages and towns.

Over the last week, we've doubled the number of places in Kenya's Wajir County we're reaching with lifesaving relief. But there are thousands of families displaced across Wajir, desperate for water and other assistance. You can help us reach them.

In order to ease Wajir's worsening water crisis, we're trucking in drinking water, providing free fuel for borehole generators and supplying towns with new water storage tanks. Over the last several days, we've installed six 10,000-liter tanks to store the water we're delivering to villages that haven't had reliable water for weeks.

We're also beginning to provide water for families' remaining livestock herds, which are the main source of livelihood and income in this part of Kenya. Throughout the region, families have already lost most of their livestock to the worsening drought.

Our team is working hard to assess and begin other relief programs, such as food aid to families struggling through the crisis. But with hungry, thirsty populations on the move in search of help — and families crowding into already-poor towns and villages that are already struggling to meet their own needs — the situation grows more desolate by the day.

Please give a donation to help us expand our efforts, find and reach more families trying to survive East Africa's worst crisis in decades. Thank you for your support, and we'll continue to report on our progress.