Drought team sets up camp in Garissa
60% of some 750,000 residents in dire need of relief food, says NDMA chair
More than 60 per cent of Garissa residents are in urgent need of relief food, as the six-month drought ravaging ASALs worsens, the NDMA has said.
National Drought Management Authority board chairperson Agnes Ndetei yesterday said her team has carried out a needs assessment for three days and all indications are that the situation is worsening.
She said a situation room, to be manned by the NDMA technical staff, will be set up tomorrow at the governor’s office.The team will collect information and data on the drought.
“All information received from the subcounties will be fed to the system and updated daily,” Ndetei said. She said the government is committed to end drought emergencies by 2022.
Ndetei said the national and county governments will ensure the suffering of residents is minimised. The 2009 census shows Garissa has a population of 750,000 people.
Garissa Governor Nathif Jama said records indicate this could be the worst drought witnessed in decades. He said human-wildlife conflict is on the rise. The governor said his administration has eight tankers to transport water to the affected areas. Nathif said an additional 15 trucks are needed.
He said his administration has distributed at least 100 tonnes of relief aid to Ijara and Hulugho subcounties.
County commissioner James Kianda said the seven subcountries require at least 421 tonnes of relief food for the next one month. He said Hulugho, Fafi and Ijara are the worst-hit. Kianda said a county steering committee meeting will be held tomorrow.
HULUGHO, FAFI AND IJARA SUBCOUNTIES ARE THE WORST-HIT