By BRIAN OCHARO
By WACHIRA MWANGI
A health crisis is looming in Kilifi County as residents complain of increasing cases of diarrhoea and typhoid in the wake of prolonged drought that has hit most parts of the country.
More than 200,000 people are faced with starvation in the area. On Wednesday, the residents pleaded with the county government to intervene before the crisis gets out of control.
The Agriculture ministry is emptying grain reserves to mitigate the biting food shortage in some parts of the country and create space for new harvest from the North Rift.
While issuing the quarterly Food Security Situation report on Wednesday, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett insisted that there were enough stocks in the reserves and on farms to last the country up to June next year, despite some 1.3 million Kenyans needing food aid.
By ABDIMALIK HAJIR
Drought has affected over 60 per cent of Garissa County residents who are in dire need of relief food supply as the current situation worsens.
Speaking to journalists in Garissa Town on Sunday evening, the chairperson of the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) Agnes Ndetei said that the current dry spell in the county is worsening.
She said that the national and county governments will ensure that the suffering brought about by the current situation is minimized.
Wajir Governor Ahmed Abdullahi has declared hunger a disaster in the county.
Mr Abdullahi made the announcement on Sunday after a week-long tour of the county.
Speaking in Kursi town in Wajir West, Mr Abdullahi said in the last couple of months the county has tried to emasculate the effects of the drought by drilling emergency boreholes to tap water, but it has not helped.