Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has appealed to the international community for assistance in combating the ongoing drought situation gripping the country.
Reports indicate that out of Kenya’s 47 countries, 23 are experiencing disastrous drought conditions, posing major risks to people, livestock and wildlife.
Describing the situation as a natural disaster, President Kenyatta however promised to do his best in dealing with the crisis.
“The Government intends to enhance interventions including doubling of food rations and cash transfers among other measures,” the presidency said in a statement. He however appealed to local and international partners to come in and support the government’s efforts to contain the situation.
Meanwhile, the Kenya Red Cross Society has said that about 2.7 million people were in need of food aid after experience low rainfall in October and November last year, with the next rainy season not due until April.
Though the presidency did not set out how much the Kenyan Government needed for the drought, but said it had released 7.3 billion shillings ($92 million) and local authorities had provided another 2 billion.