By KALUME KAZUNGU
The national government has distributed relief food to residents affected by drought in Lamu County.
Stephen Sangolo, Lamu County Deputy Commissioner, on Sunday said 1,000 bags of rice, 400 bags of maize, 200 bags of beans and 100 cartons of cooking oil have been given out to the victims in Lamu West and Lamu East sub-counties.
On Friday, when distributing food to members of the Boni community, Mr Sangolo said the government is continuing to address hunger nationwide.
The World Food Programme will start distributing relief to famine-stricken families in Samburu County this week.
WFP will partner with the devolved government in the distribution that begins on Wednesday.
Maize, beans and cooking oil are among the items that are to be given to the affected families, especially in the northern part of the county. Families in lowland areas of Samburu North and West sub-counties are also targeted.
Governors in arid and semi-arid areas have issued an urgent appeal for food and water to mitigate acute drought, which they fear might lead to the death of many of the region’s residents. Already, thousands are starving and have no access to medical care.
The governors from Lamu, Garissa, Tana River, and Marsabit want the national government to intervene urgently, saying the situation was likely to get worse. Matters have been made worse by the fact that livestock, which the residents depend on for food and as a source of a livelihood, is dying, adding to the pain and despair.
The Samburu County government has begun supplying water to pastoralist families affected by drought.
Among the first beneficiaries are the people living in Samburu East, which has been seriously affected by the drought.
This comes after appeals for water and food aid in various parts of Northern Kenya.
As most people have been forced to move from their homes to look for water and pasture for their livestock, the county government has now resorted to following pastoralist families deep into thickets to supply them with the essential commodity.
By GEORGE MUNENE
An acute shortage of water has hit three major towns in Kirinyaga County, raising fears of disease.
Kerugoya, Kutus and Ngurubani residents said they have to fetch cooking and drinking water from the contaminated Thiba and Rwamuthambi rivers.
They said an outbreak of typhoid, cholera and diarrhoea was likely in the area.
A survey by the Nation established that hotels are the most affected, with toilets and kitchens stinking.