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MP: 70 000 people facing hunger in Nakuru

17 September 2015, 13:06 Jackson Okata

Nakuru - At least 70 000 people in Nakuru are facing starvation following a dry spell that has affected crop yields.

The worst-hit areas according to Njoro MP, Joseph Kiuna, are Pwani, Lare, Mauche and Naishi.

Speaking Wednesday when he toured the affected areas, Kiuna urged the national and Nakuru County governments to provide relief food for the affected residents.

“The situation is nearly getting out of hand and both levels of government should intervene. Over 70 000 people are facing an acute food shortage in Molo and Njoro constituencies and if something is not done this early then the situation might get worse," said Kiuna.

Read Also: Over 13 mln people food insecure in East Africa

Kiuna said delayed rains affected crop yields in most parts of the County last season.

“People have been depending on wild fruits for survival, but even the fruits are no more because the forests have dried up because of delayed rains," said Kiuna.

He added that in the past two years, the affected residents have barely harvested anything and called on relevant authorities to act.

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