NAIROBI, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's arid regions, which have been ravaged by drought for over a year, are recovering from the dry spell following heavy rains, the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) said in a report released on Friday.
The institution said the pasture situation has improved for millions of livestock as grass regenerates and water becomes available.
"The analysis of the April monthly rainfall performance indicates that several parts of the arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) received good amounts of rainfall," the NDMA said.
However, the agency said despite the recovery across the ASAL areas, the food security situation is yet to get to the desired level as there is often a lag between recovery from drought and food availability.
The number of people in need of assistance remains at 4.4 million while the risk of acute malnutrition is still there, said the institution. ■