At least 200,000 people are in dire need of relief food supply across Mandera County, Governor Ali Roba has said.
The governor said that his administration will not be able to manage the crisis unless the national government and well-wishers steps in to save the situation.
“I take this early opportunity to appeal for help and support from the national government and request development partners and well-wishers to come to our aid and avert this looming humanitarian disaster caused by climate change,” Governor Roba said.
According to the Governor, Mandera County is facing a serious food shortage adding that the looming disaster will only be avoided if all development partners come to the county’s rescue early enough.
According to National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), the drought situation has affected 30 percent of total County population.
“We are in a crisis after the short rains of October-December season were below average in Mandera,” said Mr Hussein Mohamed, County Director, NDMA.
Already, the County is straining to cope with the high demand for water by residents of the hardest hit areas.
“The situation is dire and the county government cannot cope with the demand for water, livestock feed and food for vulnerable families and communities” said Governor Roba.
“We need urgent help with food rations, livestock feed and nutrients and water trucking to over stretched areas within the county,” he added.
He also blamed the widespread drought across the county on the failed rains coupled with locusts’ invasion last year.
It has been reported that pastoralists in the county are already losing their animals and several households cannot cope with inflated prices of food.
“The food prices have skyrocketed due to recent increase in fuel prices and lockdown of the five counties including Nairobi where most supplies come from,” he said.
Mr Roba said despite the limited resources, his administration has put in place several mitigation measures, including water trucking 312 settlements.
The county has rolled out a short-term plan for drought emergencies, including provision of water through water trucking, rapid response maintenance and the repair and rehabilitation of boreholes.
Mr Roba said his administration will continue drilling and equipping boreholes as well as the construction and rehabilitation of major pans as a long-term plan.