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Ravaging drought: Turkana on the brink as Nanok appeals for help

By Nicanor Ndiege

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Thousands of Turkana residents are currently starring at starvation as severe drought continues to ravage the County.

The County is in dire need of relief food and water for both people and livestock as well mass vaccination and treatment of livestock.

Governor Josphat Nanok is now appealing to the national government, through the Ministry of Devolution and Arid and Semi-Arid Lands, to help feed thousands of people in the county currently starring at starvation due to the devastating effects of drought.

While speaking to the media, Nanok said that immediate drought mitigation strategies currently required are relief food distribution, water provision for both people and livestock as well as distribution of livestock feeds.

Nanok said that while his administration has procured relief food that will be distributed to affected locals in all the seven sub-counties, more help is still needed to address the drought and hunger situation.

The County boss is also calling upon the Ministry of Devolution through deputy county commissioners to also request for adequate food for families affected by the drought.

“Kibish and Turkana North sub-counties that are the worst hit are being prioritised in the first batch of relief food distribution,” he said.

The governor has also asked his deputy, Peter Lotethiro, who is currently acting as County Water Executive, to ensure the there is a conclusive report on the status of water availability in the county.

“With support from development partners, we are moving swiftly to address specific needs of villages across the county.

Nanok also revealed that Sh3.2 million is being spent to construct a pipeline in Lokitoe Angaberu village in Turkana North and nearby schools thereby reducing distance the locals cover in search of the commodity

He also noted that with support from development partners, the county government has established a Sh15 million water project at Lowareng’ak centre.

He noted that the county will invest in water trucking to ensure remote villages whose water sources have dried up or broken down due to overuse have access to the comodity.

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