Tana River County officials have started distributing drought-fighting livestock pellets targeting 1,224 households in drought-affected villages.
More than 4,600 bags of pellets intended for calves and suckler cows will be distributed under the Sh17.9 million program.
Chief Financial Officer Mathew Babwoya said the county has partnered with some organizations to ensure an additional 6,583 households are supported.
“We are coordinating with our partners to ensure an equitable distribution of drought tablets to affected communities as we plan to scale up our response efforts,” he said.
Aid has reached 42 villages, he said, and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) have extended the road to villages in the Tana Delta with 12,400 bags of additional feed for the livestock.
He said county officials had asked the Treasury to speed up the release of 132 million shillings from the Disaster Risk Management Fund to scale up responses.
“The drought is severe and the levels of malnutrition are increasing among children. We are just praying that the Auditor General approves our request in time before we start losing lives, ”he said.
The county also wants to replenish the emergency fund through a supplemental budget, hoping that constituency officials will approve it.
Other partner interventions include FAO cash transfers of 2.7 million shillings to 1,000 beneficiaries in drought-stricken villages, each receiving 2,700 shillings.
Under the Kenya Livestock Insurance Project, 544 pastoralist families received payments of over 5.1 million shillings, each receiving 9,338 shillings via wire transfer.
NDMA also vaccinated 21,365 cattle, 34,430 sheep and 36,997 goats in the districts of Bura, Galole and Garsen.
Meanwhile, residents await the national harvest of animals by the Kenya Meat Commission in the affected counties.
Some 788 head of cattle will be removed from the Tana River, depending on the severity of the drought and the number of cattle at risk, a number that residents say is too low given the number of animals on the shore. of death.
More than 15,000 households are at risk of starving to death, and 3,000 animals are believed to have died.
Tana River NDMA coordinator Abdi Musa noted the situation is dire, saying more than 700 animals will not live past the end of the month.
Red Cross coordinator Gerald Bombe called on the government to start sending food relief to people in the area, noting that children’s lives are in danger.