NCCK distributes relief supplies to families in Turkana South

Turkana locals receive relief food from NCCK [Photo: NCCK]

The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) earlier this week distributed relief supplies to families in Loperat, Turkana South, to ease the biting famine and drought that is ravaging some parts of the country.

The council distributed 12,750 kgs of maize, 3,825 kgs of beans, 850 kgs of sugar and 850 liters of cooking oil to benefit 3,000 residents.

According to NCCK Secretary General Chris Kinyanjui, this was the second disbursement of relief in Turkana South with support from the Mennonite Central Committee.

This is as the National Drought Management Authority says the ongoing drought is the worst in 40 years, and has affected 23 counties.

Eleven counties namely; Garissa, Isiolo, Kajiado, Kitui, Mandera, Marsabit, Laikipia, Samburu, Tana River, Turkana, and Wajir, are in the Alarm drought phase while Nine counties including Embu, Kilifi, Kwale, Makueni, Meru, Narok, Nyeri, Tharaka Nithi and Taita Taveta are in the Alert drought phase.

The remaining three counties including Baringo, West Pokot, and Lamu are in the Normal drought phase.

It further says, 4.35 million people are in dire need of food, a number that is likely to rise in the coming months due to a failed rainy season in October-December 2022, according to the Kenya Meteorological Department.

This is the fourth consecutive poor rainfall season since the 2020 short rains.

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