Kenya drought captured in single shot of six dead giraffes

The bodies of six giraffes lie on the outskirts of Eyrib village in Sabuli. Photo credit: Ed Ram/Getty Images

A picture showing six dead giraffes in Kenya has magnified the depth of the country's drought crisis, which has left people and animals struggling for food and water.

The aerial shot was taken by photojournalist Ed Ram and there are concerns that 4,000 giraffes are at risk of being wiped out by the drought.

The animals died after they got stuck in the mud, according to Getty Images. They were trying to reach a nearby reservoir, although it had almost dried up.

The carcasses were moved to the outskirts of Eyrib village in Wajir County to prevent contamination of the reservoir water.

Meanwhile, an estimated 2.1 million Kenyans were facing starvation due to severe drought across half the state, the country’s drought management authority warned in September.

On Tuesday, the UN said 2.9 million people were still in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Some areas of Kenya had recently reported their worst rainfall in decades, it said.

“Water sources for both people and livestock have dried up, forcing families to walk longer distances and causing tension among communities, which has led to an increase in intercommunal conflict,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in its assessment.