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Kenya declares drought national disaster

President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared the ongoing drought affecting the north of the country a national disaster.

The Head of State had met leaders from the drought-stricken northern Kenya at State House Nairobi on Wednesday.

Among 85 leaders from the arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) who met with President Kenyatta were five governors, Cabinet Secretaries, chief administrative secretaries, principal secretaries, MPs, and Senators.

“The President has instructed the National Treasury and the Ministry of Interior to spearhead government efforts to assist affected households including water and relief food distribution as well as livestock update,” Kanze Dena Mararo, the President’s spokesperson, said in a statement.

Relief agencies say more than 2.1 million people in the ASAL of Kenya are severely food insecure, following two consecutive poor rainy seasons that have hampered crop production. Enditem

More details of the Government’s comprehensive drought mitigation measures will be unveiled in due course.

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