By Yussuf Ali korow.
Garissa which is among the 15 counties hit by drought has taken the lead in Drought mitigation measures solely, without National Government support as families are faced with lack of water and food in most parts of the county.
The humanitarian need in the affected areas in Garissa County can only be classified as dire as families grapple with lack of basic needs such as food and water in pastoral areas.
For the last three months, The Garissa county government has been responding by implementing a two-way approach in meeting the needs of the affected populations a cross the county as part of the county’s drought mitigation programme launched by Governor, Nathif Jama early September.
According to County’s special program officer Mr. Mohamed dubow who is spearheading the drought intervention process, the county Government is implementing emergency activities designed to meet immediate humanitarian needs of the affected including provision of relief food and water.
“At least, 29,120 droughts affected people benefited from food distribution and water trucking daily in all sub counties in Garissa as we move forward to increase our intervention to other seriously affected areas in the county” said Dubow.
Garissa Governor, Nathif Jama last week announced sub county administrators will actively participate in regular County Steering Group meetings at the sub county level to provide the necessary support to families in responding to drought.
“We are making a great stride in making sure our people receive the much attention they require from our drought intervention process” Jama said.
He added that, despite the lack of national government response towards the drought mitigation process, his administration also initiated emergency water trucking services in the sub counties as soon as the drought hit his county.
Hardest hit areas
Hulugho Sub County in was termed as the hardest hit area in Garissa, according to Area Administrator Mr. Abdullahi Gedi.
Gedi added in the last two weeks the situation has become unbearable. A part from the main boreholes in Hulugho town, the rest of water pans dried up.
“The county Government interventions really helped in mitigating the drought, water bowsers are daily trucking water to more than 25 centres (though overstretched), total of 1200 households received food distribution programme” Abdullahi said.
He added “the initiative is also supporting water provision in schools, dispensaries and AP posts that are vulnerable. Saying the main challenge is how to access the border villages (Adan Wobi, part of Elkambere) due to security threats to the government vehicles and personnel.
“We appeal for an extra water bowsers, preferably a civilian vehicle (for borderline areas) to address the crisis, Food distribution for locals and the boni community in bothai who are starving. For the first time in history we are providing livestock with water using water bowser.” Abdullahi said