Agency data paints gloomy picture of drought situation

A State agency has shown how 60,300 people in Ganze, Magarini and Kaloleni sub-counties in Kilifi are facing starvation.

Another 59,700 are facing the same threat in Tana River County, while Kwale has 45,800 individuals.

The figures were released yesterday by the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA).

Commenting on the data, Ministry of Devolution Chief Administrative Secretary Hussein Dado said the affected counties would soon be receiving relief food.

“Following release of funds by the State, we shall be dispatching relief food to all the affected regions," said Mr Dado, adding: “We are committed as a government to ensure that no lives are lost as a result of hunger."

Sink boreholes

On Tuesday, Deputy President William Ruto announced that the Government had released Sh14.2 billion to help mitigate effects of the drought.

The DP said the money included Sh12.4 billion that would be wired to affected persons through a cash transfer plan.

The money will enable them buy food. A further Sh2 billion, he said, would be for relief food and the supply of water to counties worst hit by drought.

At the same time, Dado said his docket was working with the Ministry of Water and Sanitation to sink boreholes in Tana River.

Bangale ward Member of County Assembly Ibrahim Sala said his ward in Tana River North was the worst hit, with residents lacking water for domestic use and livestock.

Water is retailing at Sh50 for every 20 litres, which many of the residents cannot afford.

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