Kenya declares drought a national disaster

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On Wednesday, September 8, 2021, President Uhuru Kenyatta declared drought affecting parts of the country a national disaster.

This follows a meeting between Kenyatta and 85 leaders from Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) led by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani.

Consequently, Kenya’s Head of State instructed The National Treasury and the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government to spearhead Government efforts to assist affected households, including water and relief food distribution and livestock uptake.

The northern part of the country is the worst affected by the disaster. Millions of Kenyans from Lamu, Tana River, Baringo, Wajir, Turkana, Mandera, Marsabit, Isiolo, Samburu, etc, are facing acute hunger. The lives of livestock are also hanging in the balance due to a shortage of water and pastures.

The drought is occasioned by a lack of rains for quite a long period.

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