Find last­ing so­lu­tion to drought crises, coun­ties and state told

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

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.

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