Water distribution exercise to areas affected by drought in Lamu commences

Water distribution exercise to areas affected by drought in Lamu commences

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The skeletal remains of a cow after a drought .Hundreds of livestock have been reported to have died in various parts of Lamu county following a drought. FILE/PHOTO.

Lamu, KENYA: The national government and the county government of Lamu together with the Kenya Red Cross, have commenced a water distribution exercise to areas affected by drought in Lamu County.

Over 30,000 residents and over 200,000 livestock are facing starvation in various parts of the county which have been affected in the ongoing drought.

Speaking in his office in Lamu on Tuesday,Lamu county commissioner Joseph Kanyiri said all government vehicles in the county will be used to facilitate the exercise.

Kanyiri said together with the Red Cross,his office had also began distribution of 800 bags of relief food given by the national government to assist victims of the drought in Lamu.

Areas affected most by the drought include Witu,Pandanguo,Moa,Hindi,Bargoni and all villages occupied by the Boni minority group in Lamu East.

“We have sat with various leaders and stakeholders to try and find ways of how to tackle the drought situation here. We know the biggest challenge is food and water and that’s what we are putting our most efforts on. This week our aim will be to ensure those in affected places get water and food and distribution has already commenced,”said Kanyiri.

Meanwhile,residents in areas worst hit by drought in Lamu, want the county government to help them source for markets for their livestock before they are swept away by the drought.

“We have nothing to give our livestock anymore. Let people come and buy. We don’t want to see the animals we have struggled so much to acquire and take care of die as we watch due to helplessness,” said Abdillahi Mussa.

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