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Waiguru: Drought has affected more than 1.5M people

30 January 2014, 11:41 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary, Anne Waiguru, says close to 1,684,202, people have been affected by the current drought situation being experienced in some parts of the country.

According to Waiguru, the drought situation is moderate but the trend is worsening especially in Turkana, Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Isiolo, Samburu, West Pokot, Baringo, Laikipia, Tana River, Kwale, Kilifi and Taita Taveta counties.

She said so far her Ministry has distributed relief food valued at KES 348,664,119 in the affected areas. The food includes 26,360 bags of maize, 22,927 bags of beans, 22,709 bags of rice, 6,031 cartons of cooking oil and 720 bales of Nutropap.

She noted that Turkana County has been the hardest hit by the situation with a total of 153,000 who are in need of food assistance.

She said the government had stepped in to assist the residents by providing relief food to the affected people on a regular basis, adding that Cabinet Wednesday approved an addition KES 2.3 Billion to support the mitigation efforts caused by the drought in the country.

“The government is taking all possible measures to ensure that the suffering and hardship caused by the effects of this drought is alleviated in the quickest manner possible so that those affected may return to normal life in the shortest time possible,” said Waiguru, adding that there is a team led by the Principal Secretary Devolution, that is currently on the ground assessing the situation and the effectiveness of the measures that they are undertaking.

She however said that field reports show that the food security situation is stable in medium to high rainfall areas except parts of Nyanza, Central and Coastal strip that experienced below normal long and short rains.

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