The national government has launched the distribution of relief food to thousands of Tana River County badly affected by hunger following prolonged drought in the county.
This came as a sigh of relief to over 100,000 hunger-stricken people in the expansive Tana River as the national government kicked of the food distribution exercise.
Speaking in Kalkacha village, Tana River County Commissioner Mbogai Rioba said they have received 1,500 bags of rice and 600 bags of beans packed in 50 Kilogram bags.
He said the food will be distributed to the most affected families in Tana North, Tana Delta, and Tana River sub-counties.
The County Commissioner said the national offtake program is ongoing.
“A total of 788 cattle in the county will be purchased by the Kenya Meat Commission to cushion livestock farmers,” he told Kalkacha residents during the food distribution exercise.
Kalkacha residents lauded the national government for the relief while urging the government to also purchase and distribute livestock pallets for their livestock as they have been losing them.
Hundreds of livestock most of them cattle have died following lack of pasture and water