Those receiving the food aid, mostly maize flour are from villages hard hit by drought including Mapenya, Hongwe, Mkunumbi, Ndambwe, Moa, Witu,Pandanguo and other areas.
It is targeting at least 32,000 households across Lamu County to receive the food aid and cushioning them against the effects of the ongoing drought.
Lack of rain has exacerbated drought conditions, resulting in poor to no harvests for Lamu’s small-holder farmers and water and vegetation scarcity for the livestock herding communities.
Marsabit, Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu, Samburu, Kitui, Isiolo, and Laikipia are among the twelve (12) counties on high alert, according to the National Drought Management Authority’s (NDMA) drought report for July 2021.
“We will be distributing more than 400 tonnes of relief food by the end of this exercise. We want to have every household getting a bundle of maize flour to help cope with the adverse effects of drought,” said Mr Twaha.
The move comes at a time when the region is witnessing harsh conditions contributed by drought that has left hundreds of livestock dead.
Areas where animals have died due to starvation include Nagelle, Dide Waride, Moa, Kitumbini, Pangani, Lumshi among others.
Pastoralists in the concerned areas now want the devolved unit to also consider distributing animal feeds to save their animals from further deaths.
Lamu County Pastoralists Spokesperson Khalif Hirbae criticized the county government for neglecting the pastoralists in terms of welfare for their animals during this period of drought.
“How can they concentrate on distributing food and they know very well that livestock is also affected by the ongoing drought? We want to see animal feeds also distributed,” said Mr Hirbae.
The pastoralists also appealed to both the county and national governments to ensure livestock vaccination exercises are conducted in Lamu now that the region is witnessing huge influx of livestock from neighbouring counties of Tana River and Garissa.
“We want such exercises launched with immediate effect. We have so many non-local herders here in Lamu and we fear the outbreak of livestock diseases,” said Abdi Yusuf, a pastoralist in Pangani.
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