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How residents of Tanzania and Kenya ASALs are adapting to climate change

The only water sources in the area are deep wells in a sandy riverbed. “Sometimes it takes five or more people to go down the wells to reach the water,” said Ali Dabasso, a pastoralist.

The loose sandy soils are a death trap. In the past two years, five people have plunged to their death in the wells, according to locals. Adida Abduba, 21, says 10 years ago she survived death by a whisker after the well caved in as she fetched water, burying her alive.