Photo: Marsabit County Governor Amb.Ukur flagging off relief to various part of the county.
“We have never experience a severe and biting drought of this kind for a decade in the region” Say Ukur Yattani.
Marsabit County is among the 14 Counties in the country severely stricken by drought.
The deadly inferno has forced the county government of Marsabit to suspend some of its major projects to divert fund for drought mitigation.
On Thursday of this week Marsabit County government dispatched its first bunch of relief food to various parts of the county.
Addressing Journalists in his office, Amb Ukur said that if county assembly will approved, the county will spend half of its current expenditure to curb the effects of the dry spell.
He further urged the members of county assembly to approve the use of the supplementary budget so as to save lives and livelihoods.
In Marsabit County more than 150,000 are already affected by the drought after the failing of December rains in most parts of the county.
“I appeal to humanitarian agencies to step in and support county government in saving the hungering masses.” The governor said.
Some of the main projects suspended by the county include construction of roads, hospitals and classrooms, Marsabit County allocated 50 million to the emergency relief and this amount is already exhausted.
“We will focus on some key areas in mitigating drought this include supplying water with trucks, repairing boreholes, providing fuel and food relief to those in need” says County Chief.
Marsabit County boss flagged off trucks ferrying 20,000 tonnes of food aid worth Sh100 million to various destinations in the County.
National Government has allocated 9.2bn to fight drought in 14 counties between February and April season to assist affected communities.