Isiolo county families to receive government relief food today

Relief food that was flagged off by President William Ruto at State House two days ago will today, September 29, be distributed to families in drought stricken parts of the vast Isiolo County.

The County is among those already in the alarm phase according to reports from the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) owing to the current prolonged drought situation, with humanitarian Assistance urgently needed to cushion the affected population from the biting hunger.

Addressing Journalists at the County Commissioner’s office when he flagged off two trucks ferrying the food stuffs to all corners of the County, Isiolo Deputy Governor Dr. James Lowasa warned all those handling the relief food against engaging in any form of malpractice, urging members of public to also be on the lookout for relief food that could find its way to the market and report the matter, noting that serious disciplinary action will be taken against anyone involved in theft of the food aid.

Dr. Lowasa said that the first batch of relief food received in Isiolo County comprised of 1,080 bags of beans, 600 bags of rice and 300 cartons of conned beef, noting that more food was on the way.

He said that all efforts by Non-Governmental Organisations and development partners have been channeled towards mitigating effects of the persistent drought, adding that the County government administration will also supplement efforts by both the national government and development partners by coming up with a supplementary budget that will set aside adequate resources for provision of relief food and water trucking services to the most affected population.

Isiolo County National Drought Management Authority Coordinator Omar Abdi said that almost every part of Isiolo County urgently needs attention. He said that the government will also avail Livestock feeds soon, to be distributed to all the three sub counties of Isiolo.

Isiolo Parents’ Association Chairperson Ismail Ali Galma noted that the current drought situation has had a negative impact on Education, with several learners not turning up in schools due to hunger. He asked those in charge of the relief food distribution exercise to consider giving some of the food to schools so that learners can also get lunch in school, arguing that the move will definitely keep learners in school.

Some parts of Isiolo County have not received adequate rainfall for four consecutive seasons, and with the Meteorological department recently indicating that the October-December rain season is also likely to fall short of expectations, Dr. Lowasa said that there was need to suspend earmarked development projects and focus all the attention towards responding to the drought situation, noting that various interventions will be required for the next few months.

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