UN Agency Assessing Drought in Northern Kenya

NAIROBI (Jan. 14) XINHUA - The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is assessing the drought situation in northern Kenya with a view to providing food aid and starting long-term development projects in the region.
UNDP's representative to Kenya Frederick Lyons said that the U.N. agency is studying the climate change to ensure it would respond quickly if the drought situation worsens.

"The U.N. has already responded to the initial appeal by the Kenyan government for assistance in December," the Daily Nation newspaper Friday quoted Lyons as saying.

"We are looking at how the situation is evolving to enable us offer assistance when it is needed," the U.N. official said.

UNDP has already funded nutritional assessment teams in 16 districts to determine the impact of the drought on the pastoralist population, Lyons said.

Due to lack of rainfall, the northern Kenya has suffered from drought since last September. The drought has caused deaths of cattle and hunger among local residents.

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