DP Ruto: Sh2bn set aside for food, water in drought hit counties

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The National Government has announced a Sh2 billion funding to facilitate ongoing food relief programs and water trucking in 13 counties facing food scarcity.

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According to Deputy President William Ruto, the new funding to be channelled through the Ministries of Devolution and Agriculture is in addition to Sh12.4 billion set to be disbursed through the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection via cash transfers to vulnerable persons including the elderly.

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National Drought Management Authority CEO James Oduor has denied reports of deaths as a result of starvation in Baringo and Turkana counties saying prior advisory had been issued to facilitate timely response by government agencies.

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The Meteorological Department earlier Monday attributed the prevailing drought situation in arid and semi-arid land counties to a tropical cyclone that has reduced the accumulation of match needed moisture for precipitation.

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The agency’s Acting Director, Stella Aura, however said near-normal rainfall will be experienced in western, rift valley, and central parts of the country in the first week of April.

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