Dado flags off Sh160m relief food for Tana drought vic­tims

Says county spends Sh3 mil­lion daily to sup­ply wa­ter. ‘We’ve be­gun emer­gency in­ter­ven­tion to pre­vent more loss of lives. Last such dis­as­ter was 32 years ago’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - ALPHONCE GARI @alphonce2011

Tana River Gov­er­nor Hus­sein Dado on Wed­nes­day launched a Sh160 mil­lion relief food pro­gramme for drought vic­tims.

The food in­cludes rice, beans and cook­ing oil for 97,000 fam­i­lies. The food stored in Hola will be sup­plied first to worst-hit ar­eas.

Dado flagged off the sec­ond batch of the relief food. He said a con­voy of trucks filled with food has al­ready been sent to Wayu.

Dado said due to the ex­treme drought, the county spends Sh3 mil­lion daily to sup­ply wa­ter in four wards where bore­holes and wa­ter pans have dried up.

He said the food in­cluded 12,500 50kg bags of rice, 8,050 50kg bags of beans and 150,000 litres of cook­ing oil.

“We have be­gun emer­gency in­ter­ven­tion to sup­ply relief food in a county ini­tia­tive. It aims to pre­vent more loss of life,’’ Dado said.

He said two peo­ple died while they at­tempted to fetch wa­ter for their an­i­mals. He said the county wants to pre­vent more loss of life from lack of food and wa­ter.

“Tana River is one of the coun­ties ad­versely af­fected by drought. We last ex­pe­ri­enced such a dis­as­ter in 1984,’’ Dado said. He said wa­ter sup­ply is a ma­jor prob­lem in 154 vil­lages.

At the store­house, there was a bee­hive of ac­tiv­ity as trucks lined up to load food for de­liv­ery to vic­tims.

A fleet of trucks flagged off was headed to Asa, one of the most re­mote and worst-hit parts of the county. It is more than 300 kilo­me­tres from Hola.

Dado dis­missed crit­ics, who have been ac­cus­ing the county of fail­ing to take ac­tion, say­ing they do not know what is go­ing on.

“They are in air-con­di­tioned of­fices in Nairobi and are not in touch with the re­al­ity,” he said.

/ALPHONCE GARI

Tana River Gov­er­nor Hus­sein Dado flags off relief food to drought-stricken ar­eas on Wed­nes­day

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