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Ksh.597 million to cushion drought-stricken households

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Ksh.597 million to cushion drought-stricken households

Ksh.597 million to cushion drought-stricken households

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 It is a relief for over 114,000  households struck by drought as the government releases Ksh.597 million to cushion them against the ravages.

The households to be cushioned are from Turkana, Wajir, Mandera, and Marsabit counties.

 The disbursement has been released under National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) Hunger Safety Net Program.

 Speaking while issuing the Ksh.597 million cheque to Equity Bank General Manager Saralyn Wairimu, the Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa said they are meeting with Regional, County Commissioners.

And County drought Coordinators to fast-track measures to cushion citizens from the drought effects.

President Uhuru Kenyatta declared the drought affecting parts of the country a national disaster on September 8.

 He directed the National Treasury and Interior Ministries to spearhead Government efforts to assist affected households with water and relief food distribution.

 As well as livestock uptake.

The Weatherman

The disaster was declared five days after the Kenya Meteorological Department warned that the continuation of sunny and dry weather conditions in ASAL may lead to diminishing pastures for livestock, with a prolonged dry spell highly anticipated for September.

Furthermore, there have been cases of livestock death in Turkana, Wajir, and Kilifi Counties in the recent past, where residents have also faced starvation.

 Meteorological department  Department Director David Gikungu encouraged livestock farmers to de-stock their herds while still in good condition.

The continuation of sunny and dry weather conditions in the Southeastern lowlands, Northeastern and most of Northwestern Kenya may lead to diminishing pastures for livestock in these regions. Close monitoring of the situation is, therefore, necessary to avert loss of livestock.

said  Gikungu.

Water levels in the dams across the country are expected to remain low during this period and may affect hydroelectric power generation with the anticipated dry spell.

The water levels in the hydropower generation dams have started to reduce with the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) already feeling water shortage for domestic use.