07 November 2008

45,000 need food relief as rains fail

More than 45,000 people in Taita and Taveta districts are facing starvation as short rains failed, a Government report says.

The document, prepared by the Ministry of Northern Kenya and Arid Lands, says residents would be put on the food-for-work programme because of the gravity of the situation.

The report warns that the number of people affected was likely to rise after the short rains that were expected to start in September failed.

“An assessment by the ministry has revealed that the lowlands of Taita district and rain-fed areas of Taveta district have shown indicators of severe food stress, with household members appealing to the Government and non-governmental organisations for assistance through food for work or general relief distribution,” the report says.

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