Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 10 February 2017 - Kenya

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The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General. 



I also want to flag that the Government of Kenya has declared the current drought affecting more than 23 counties a national disaster.

A preliminary assessment indicates that the number of food insecure across Kenya has doubled from 1.3 million in August 2016 to 2.7 million — with a rainfall deficit of up to 75 per cent in north-western and coastal areas.

The United Nations stands ready to support the Government in its assistance to affected communities.