Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok said they had reached more than 800,000 people with relief food in the first phase of distribution launched two weeks ago.
Mr Nanok said that in the initial distribution phase the county bought 36,000 bags of 50kgs white maize, 10,000 bags of beans and 10,000 jerrycans of 20
He said that they had identified 243,000 people who were the worst hit and needed continued relief food and 365,000 that risked falling in the same category.
Speaking in Kakuma on Monday, the county boss asked for more food supply from well-wishers saying the delayed rain was making things worse.
“I appeal to development partners and relief agencies to increase their humanitarian assistance to cushion the affected population until the situation normalizes,” he said.
The national government provided 6,000 bags of maize. Local musician Esther
Others who have taken food to the affected residents are Dedan Kimathi University, Adonai Thuku Foundation, Eldoret Plumbers, Loreto High School, Matunda Secondary School, African Inland Church and Club Epic Kitale.
Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro said the county will team up with the World Food Programme to provide alternative sources of livelihood to locals who are traditionally pastoralists.
Mr Lotethiro said more irrigation schemes will be established to increase food production which will
“The weak and malnourished who missed out on the recent relief food distribution exercise for being unable to get to relief centers have been given priority,” she said.