Kenya to get $5m for drought in arid areas

Kenya to get $5m for drought in arid areas


Displaced Somali children queue as they wait for food-aid rations on January 19, 2012 at a distribution centre during a visit to assess the progress of relief efforts by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the capital Mogadishu. PHOTO | TONY KARUMBA | AFP 

The United Nations will give Kenya Ksh500 million ($5 million) to respond to persistent drought caused by “climatic shocks”.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mr Mark Lowcock said the funds would complement the Kenyan government’s hunger safety-net programme for arid areas.

Somalia, where the UN has warned of a looming famine, will receive Ksh3 billion ($30m).

Ethiopia will get Ksh1 billion ($10m) to help ensure adequate food supplies for a drought-ravaged region bordering Somalia.

The UN refugee agency has, meanwhile, warned that “severe climatic conditions combined with armed conflict and protracted displacement” could force Somalia into a major humanitarian emergency.

“Decades of climatic shocks and conflict have left more than 2.6 million people internally displaced in Somalia today,” the refugee agency said on Tuesday.

Source: the East African


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