Urgent food relief needed in Malindi
31 October 2012, 13:40
Approximately 70 000 residents in Malindi and the larger Magarini districts need urgent relief food due to crop failure caused by delay of short rains.
According to the Malindi and Magarini district National Drought Management Officer, Roma Shera, said the number of residents affected has risen from 60 000 to 70 000 people. Magarini district is the most affected, with 45 000 locals facing hunger.
Addressing journalists in Malindi, Roma said that many locals in the two districts are starving and need urgent relief food.
"A big percentage of farmers have not been able to harvest because their crops dried up after short rains delayed. Survey conducted by my office reveals that the number has increased and something need to be done urgently”, he noted.
According to their survey, the most affected areas are Chakama and Langobaya, Adu, Kamale, Dagamra and Garashi in both districts.
He asked the government to intervene through the Ministry of Special Programs and make sure that proper plans are made to provide relief food to those affected in a bid to prevent loss of lives through hunger.
"These people need nothing but food and that is what the ministry is supposed to do urgently because it is a big challenge to the affected. They had planted but rains delayed causing their crops to dry," he asserted.
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