200,000 RESIDENTS FACE FOOD SHORTAGE
More than 200,000 residents in Ganze and Magarini subcounties are facing acute food shortage due to prolonged drought. County commissioner Joseph Keter said the food crisis began in May and residents continue to suffer, despite some government relief food. When the crisis was reported in May, the county had 244,068 victims of hunger but the number has increased to 266,683. Ganze has Sh88,277 and Magarini is the highest with 129,602 staring at starvation. The national government has distributed 2,270 bags of maize, 1,060 bags of beans and 1,300 bags of rice. The government has said it will use Sh9 million to buy 450 cows from farmers.