Drought team sets up camp in Garissa

60% of some 750,000 res­i­dents in dire need of re­lief food, says NDMA chair

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Northeastern - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

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

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