The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: More Than 60,000 People in Isiolo Risk Starvation As Drought Rages

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Drought in northern part of Kenya.

MORE than 60,000 people in Isiolo county are facing starvation following ravaging drought in parts of the region. Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo yesterday said the situation is getting worse but the county government is reviewing its budget in order to respond to drought in the area.

He said the recent survey by the National Drought Management Authority indicates that the average number of children at risk of malnutrition is 14.2 per cent in the county.

Doyo said the malnutrition cases are due to shortage of milk occasioned by migration of livestock in search of pasture.

"We have never set aside funds for disaster interventions but we will now re-allocate money from development to respond to disasters,"he said. Doyo said his office is working out strategies to coordinate interventions through county steering group forums.

The governor was addressing in his office yesterday during an occasion to swear in the new county secretary Ibrahim Wako.

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