Kenya Declares National Disaster

Kenya Declares National DisasterKenya Declares National Disaster

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta declared Friday the drought that has ravaged swathes of Kenya to be a national disaster. More than 3.7 million people have been hit by the three-year water shortage across 23 Kenyan counties, Anadolu Agency reported. He called on local and international partners to support the government’s efforts to help those affected.  “Support from our partners would complement the government’s efforts in mitigating the effects of drought,” Kenyatta said in a statement. The president also warned that profiteers would be dealt with harshly. “The government would take serious measures on those who would try to take advantage of the situation to enrich themselves,” he said. Kenya has allocated $106 million to tackle the effects of the drought until April but international aid is needed to augment this fund. On Friday, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies warned of a looming humanitarian catastrophe. “Prolonged and worsening drought conditions across Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya mean that more than 11 million people are facing severe hunger and are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance,” the IFRC said in a statement.


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