Drought situation to worsen, CS Wamalwa warns


The drought situation in the country may worsen if the rains continue to delay.

Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa has said the drought situation remains serious in 13 Counties that have been affected, with 1.1 million people in need of relief aid.

The affected counties are Turkana, Mandera, Marsabit, Garissa, Baringo, Kilifi, Tana River, West Pokot, Isiolo, Wajir, Samburu, Kwale and Makueni.

He said the drought situation may not improve even after the expected long rains as the weather man has predicted.

Wamalwa said this position has also been confirmed by IGAD food security and nutrition working group which estimated that about 10 million in the Horn of Africa face food insecurity.

“There will be widespread crop failure, and an increase in water scarcity, malnutrition cases, disease outbreaks as well as inadequate pasture. There will also be loss of livestock and livelihoods and people needing relief will rise,” he said.

He was speaking yesterday while briefing the media on the drought situation in the country.

The CS however said drought is not expected to be worse than that of 2017 where 15 million people in the Horn of Africa and 3.6 million were affected.He said the government has so far provided Sh1.85 billion for drought mitigation interventions. Sh602 million has been released to the Ministry of Devolution for relief food out of which 26, 200 bags of maize have been distributed so far, 15, 420 bags of rice and 17, 060 bags of beans.

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