County administration distributes water to villages affected by drought


Lamu, KENYA: The county administration of Lamu has launched a water distribution exercise to all residents affected by drought.

Over 30,000 people and over 300,000 heads of livestock are facing starvation due to lack of food and water.

Speaking in his Lamu office on Thursday,Lamu county commissioner Joseph Kanyiri said police and military vehicles will be used in the exercise to ensure water reaches all affected villages.

Areas that have already received the water aid include Witu,Bargoni,Mswakini,Milimani,Mangai,Mararani and Kiangwe.

The commissioner said the move had been arrived at in order to help lessen the pain of those suffering from the drought.

“As a department we are doing all we can to lessen the effects of the drought to our people here in Lamu. The police and military vehicles have been availed for that exercise.We will ensure all villages hard hit receive the water,” said Kanyiri.

Kanyiri said his office was also in talks with the concerned ministry to ensure residents all get more food aid this year.

In December 2016,the national government issued over 1000 bags of food for residents affected with drought in Lamu.

Earlier this month,Lamu governor Issa Timamy launched a relief food distribution exercise where more than 2000 bags of food were distributed to at least 50,000 people.