The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has launched the “Jaza Lorry” initiative that aims to mobilize resources and mitigate the on going drought in the Coast region.
Coordinated by the KRCS Coast region office and partners, the campaign seeks to provide food aid to residents of Kinango and Lunga Lunga Sub Counties currently facing a protracted dry spell that has affected more than 200,000 people.
“Jaza Lorry will pursue support from individuals and corporate donors within and outside the region to effectively support the affected families in Kinango and Lunga Lunga,” KRCS Coast Region Manager Hassan Musa said.
“Thousands are starving, Hundreds of livestock have been reported dead, waterborne diseases have surged due to consumption of unsafe water,” Musa added.
The situation is expected to continue until after the next long rains harvest in July 2017. This implies that the affected families may continue starving and losing their animals if the situation is not averted in time.
Water sources are reported to have dried up forcing residents to travel for long distances to fetch water. By October 2016, the water distances had increased from the average of 2.4 KM to between 5 and 10 kilometres.
Out of the 200,000 affected, approximately 55% are in Kinango and 35% for Lunga Lunga.
The initiative was launched by the Kwale County governor Salim Mvurya at Ukunda Show Ground where he personally donated 15 bails of maize flour and thanked all partners for coming together to deal with the drought. Partners include Kwale county, Kenya Ports Authority, Base Titanium, Hotels, local media and individual donors.