Tana River County Commissioner Thomas Sankei on Monday flagged off relief food for drought-stricken families in the county.
Speaking during the flagging off, the County Commissioner said they have received 2000 bags of rice and 800 bags of beans all packaged in 50 kilograms bags to be distributed to Tana River, Tana Delta, Galledyetu, Bura, and Bangale sub-counties.
“We are here to flag off the food to be distributed to those who are affected from tomorrow. Deputy County Commissioners should make sure that the food is distributed to the victims of the drought so that it can be beneficial,” he said.
According to Sankei, each sub-county will get 400 bags of rice and 160 bags of beans which is just the beginning, the governments will ensure the support is regular.
He revealed that several interventions are going on like cash transfer programmes by the Kenya Red Cross, World Vision, and Islamic Relief Kenya to mitigate the situation.
“The national government also has cash transfers to some specific individuals”, said County Commissioner.
Sankei was accompanied by the County Women Representative Hon. Amina Dika who witnessed the flagging off.
Amina lauded the government for the timely relief food intervention to avert the loss of lives and livestock.
“We are grateful it has arrived in Tana River, it will be distributed to all sub-counties. I am asking the government again to continue helping us and to increase the food.
Drought has become a big disaster, right now our people do not have food, livestock does not have water and there is no harvest in the fields,” she said.
Amina further said she is looking for long-term interventions for the drought crisis through partnerships with Non-Governmental Organizations.