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Uhuru declares biting drought a national disaster

The drought has hit large parts of northern Kenya, Coast and Eastern. PHOTO | FILE
The drought has hit large parts of northern Kenya, Coast and Eastern. PHOTO | FILE 

The government has declared the ongoing drought affecting many parts of northern Kenya, Coast, Eastern regions and pockets of other areas in Kenya a national disaster.

Speaking after being briefed on the situation on the ground by Cabinet secretaries involved in drought management and food security at State House Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta called on all stakeholders to support the government by upscaling drought mitigation programmes.

Mr Kenyatta also called on local and international partners to support the State’s efforts to contain the situation, which has not only affected human beings and livestock but also wildlife.

“Support from our partners would complement government's efforts in mitigating the effects of drought,” said the President on Friday.

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