Find lasting solution to drought crises, counties and state told
The drought situation might prevent the country from achieving development goals, the National Drought Management Authority has said. Reports indicate that 1.3 million Kenyans face starvation as the ravaging drought has resulted in food and water shortages. NDMA chairperson Agnes Ndetei (pictured) has called for proper mitigation measures to be taken. She spoke during an NDMA workshop at the Kenya Ports Authority offices in Lamu on Wednesday. Ndetei urged the national and county governments to work together in finding a lasting solution to end the perennial drought crises threatening food and water security. The current drought situation has affected all the 23 counties within the arid and semi-arid land zones, she said. “Here at the Coast, Lamu, Kilifi and Tana River counties are bearing the brunt of a drought crisis. We can practically say that the situation is testing the country’s preparedness and resolve in handling a cyclic problem,” Ndetei said. “Our main mandate and objective as NDMA is to have a Kenya where the drought effects are not felt by its citizens come 2022. This can only be achieved if the national and county governments and other agencies collaborate in implementing sustainable mitigation measures.” Lamu Governor Issa Timamy said the county is prepared and had set aside Sh30 million to mitigate the effects of the drought. Lamu Kenya Wildlife Service senior warden Jacob Orale said the drought has contributed to increased human-wildlife conflicts as animals search for water in residential and urban centres.