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Three counties in Coast region face "alarming" drought and famine

The National Drought Management Authority says the worst situation at the moment is "alarm", and only three counties within coast region (Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu) had reached it. The Authority had mapped out all the hotspots of famine in the affected counties.

By Soilan Kenanaskenana@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 09 Nov 2016 15:11 EAT

The drought situation affecting about 28 counties has been classified as alarming. The Ministry of Devolution has various categories of classification of the drought disaster based on severity. A region can be ranked either as normal, alert, alarm, emergency, or recovery, and the ministry says there is no county that has reached the emergency or recovery stage.

The acting chief executive officer of the National Drought Management Authority, Joseph Omwange, said the worst situation at the moment is "alarm", and only three counties within coast region (Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu) had reached it. He said the Authority had mapped out all the hotspots of famine in the affected counties in conjunction with Coast Water Service Board (CWSB).

Mr Omwange said the Board would ensure adequate supply of water to the areas hit by the drought, disclosing that Sh44 million had already been set aside for development of water supply systems, of which Sh23 million will go towards borehole rehabilitation, Sh14 million towards water trucking and storage and Sh7 million for purchase of collapsible water tanks.

Addressing a news conference at Coast region headquarters on Tuesday, Mr Omwange said the government had provided five water tankers, thirty (30) collapsible tanks of 5,000 litres and eight plastic tanks of 10,000 litres each. Each county had received one water tanker, he added. Kilifi is currently having four water tankers, Kwale has two, Tana River four, Mombasa and Taita Taveta two tankers each while Lamu has one.

The thirty collapsible water tanks of 5,000m3 capacity have been distributed to Kilifi (eight), Tana River (ten), Kwale (six) and Taita Taveta also six. CWSB distributed eight water tanks and permanently stationed a water bowser in Ganze sub-county to distribute water to the people.

Ganze and Kinango in Kwale are the hardest hit areas at the Coast. The board, Omwenga said, is collaborating with Tana River County government to revive boreholes in Waldena, Assa, Haroresa and Walsorea. Water trucking and storage activities will continue for the hotspots identified within the sub counties of Kaloleni, Ganze and Magarini,” he said. The water trucking and storage within the month of November will cost Sh4.5 million.

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