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More food dispatched to drought-ridden Turkana County

31 January 2014, 11:35 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - Relief food worth KES 60,754,900 was dispatched to Turkana County as hunger continues to bite due to the current drought that is being experienced in some parts of the country.

Fifteen trucks carrying the food were flagged off by the secretary for special programs in the Ministry of devolution and planning, Binsai Chepsongol, at National Cereals and Produce Board depot in Nairobi on Thursday.

Chepsongol said the consignment was part of an ongoing program that began in December 2013 to distribute food to all drought stricken parts of the country.

“We have rolled out the exercise to all the affected areas in the country and we will intensify the distribution until the situation normalizes,” said Chepsongol.

He appealed to county governors the drought affected areas to utilize the funds allocated to them for emergency relief purposes in the current financial year to ensure that no Kenyan dies of hunger.

The food will be distributed to the seven sub counties of Turkana where 153,000 people are starving.

The respective district commissioners in the sub counties have also received KES 300,000 each to facilitate the transportation and distribution of the food to every part of their areas of jurisdiction, bringing the total amount released for on-the-ground transport logistics for the entire county to KES 2,400,000.

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