Devolution ministry seeks Ksh6B for drought

Written By: KBC reporters

The government has started distributing food in the affected areas.

Devolution ministry is seeking Ksh 6 billion from National Treasury to address the drought and famine disaster that has affected over one million people in the country.

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Devolution Chief Administrative Secretary Hussein Dado says they have already sent a proposal to the treasury and are waiting for a supplementary budget to be approved by parliament to support the affected victims.

Dado said the funds would be used to provide relief food to the affected families in the country following the drought that is causing havoc.

Dado spoke after conducting an assessment in Tana River County which is one of the most affected counties.

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14 counties have been hard hit by the disaster countrywide.

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He said the government had already begun supplying relief food to the areas worst hit in Turkana county where there are reported cases of deaths as a result of the hunger.

National Drought Management Authority says that 1 million people are at the brink of starvation if urgent measures to supply them with relief foods are not stepped up.

The Authority says below-average short rains have slightly increased the food insecure population from 655,800 in August 2018 to 1,111,500.

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Currently,  12 counties are the most affected with a total of 865,300 food insecure people.

NDMA says the National Government has provided a total of Ksh 1.351 billion for response during the period of February, March and April 2019.

Food and safety net was allocated Ksh601 million while Ksh 600 million will go towards support to household irrigation water storage program.

Ksh 150 million will be used for the water trucking, maintenance and rehabilitation of boreholes in Mandera, Wajir, Turkana, Garissa, Marsabit and Tana River and maintenance of water points in selected areas.

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In Turkana which is the most affected, a locust infestation has worsened the situation, almost depleting the entire vegetation in the county.

Other counties with high proportions of their populations at risk include Isiolo, Garissa, Wajir, Kilifi, Baringo, Marsabit, Tana River and Samburu.

Mandera, Kitui and Makueni are also at risk. In these counties, food security is expected to decrease in the coming months.

The government has started distributing food in the affected areas.















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