The statement comes just a month after the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) said an estimated 2.1 million Kenyans are facing acute food shortages and need urgent help over the next six months.
This was an increase of more than 600,000 people out of the 1.4 million Kenyans who went hungry in April due to the drought and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the government.
The number became confirmed by the Kenyan Red Cross The society with its general secretary Asha Mohammed says that 12 arid and semi-arid counties are hardest hit.
The situation, added Ms. Mohammed, is likely to worsen and affect up to 20 counties if the authorities don’t act fast enough.
President Kenyatta made the statement after meeting with Finance Minister Ukur Yatani and 85 leaders from Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (Asal).
As a result, Mr. Kenyatta directed the National Treasury and Home Office to spearhea d efforts by the government to help affected households and regions.
Efforts, so the president, will include the distribution of water and relief supplies and the purchase of livestock.
“Details of the comprehensive measures to contain the drought will be released in due course,” said Kanze Dena-Mararo, State House spokesman .
According to NDMA, the deterioration in food security in Kenya is due to the dismal performance of March – the long rains, the short rains and the impact of the pandemic.
The situation added the May Authority added, was aggravated by the desert locust invasion.
The report said the number of people suffering from acute hunger would rise to 2.4 million during the brief rains from October to December , which according to forecasts of the Meteorological Department are below normal.
Areas threatened by severe drought are Baringo, Kajiado, Kwale, Laikipia, Lamu, Makueni, Meru, Taita Taveta, Tharaka Nithi and West Pokot, while Embu, Narok and Nyeri are at low risk.
Others in Dürrealarm are Garissa, Isiolo, Kitui, Mandera, Marsabit, Samburu, Turkana, Tana River and Wajir.
“If we do If there is no more rain by October, the drought could become an emergency, “said James Oduor, CEO of NDMA, a local newspaper.
More than 400,000 people on the coast are in dire need of food, from it four of the region’s six counties require urgent intervention, the agency says.
Kilifi, Kwale, Tana River and Lamu are among the 23 counties on the national government red list since the drought is north, east Kenya and coast devastated.
The 23 Asal Counties cover approximately 88 percent of the landmass of Kenya.
They ha Also ben populations due to their high levels of poverty and vulnerability to shock and danger.
The government has 8.7 billion Shr. for interventions such as food and safety nets, health and nutrition, water supply, agriculture improvement, peace and security, and drought coordination.
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa recently said the government has addressed the situation 2 billion / p>