Governor declares drought a ‘county disaster’


A woman sets out to look for water in drought-hit Tana Delta
A woman sets out to look for water in drought-hit Tana Delta. PHOTO: File

Samburu Governor, Moses Lenolkulal, has declared drought a ‘county disaster’ following prolonged dry spell that has affected most parts of the region.

Speakin in Samburu East on Thursday, October 6, the Governor said that the county population needs urgent relief food and called on the national government to provide the same.

The Governor, who met the National Drought Monitoring Authority (NDMA), stated that the drought has affected over 54,000 households leading to massive migrations to the neighbouring counties.

“54,000 people are in need of relief food especially in Samburu East, Wamba, Samburu North and the entire Baragoi and its environs,” he said.

According to Lenolkulal, despite the courage and the input by the farmers in Samburu Central, the prolonged lack of rains has been unfavourable to their activities and products.

He added that pastoral communities in Samburu are migrating towards Isiolo and Marsabit in search of pasture and water which, he said, may lead to conflicts in the regions occupied by the pastrolists.

 

Written by Diing Magot

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