Sh100 million sets aside by County Government of Garissa to fight drought in the area

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The County Government of Garissa has allocated Sh100 million to stave off starvation as severe drought ravaged the area.

Finance and Economic Planning CEC, Hon Issa Oyow said the funds were set up due to humanitarian crisis that resulted in severe food and water shortage due to the prolonged drought.

He was speaking to representatives from the county and national governments as well as non state donor partners during emergency drought response and resource mobilization meeting.

Hon Oyow said a coalition of partners was necessary to unveil atleast Sh 300 million in response to address the gnawing crisis.

He said the county government was initially involved in several mitigation measures that included drilling of boreholes, construction of water pans, supporting crop farmers, massive livestock vaccination and disease surveillance that helped to reduce the impact of the current drought.

The CEC urged the emergency response teams to share their plan of action, budget and areas of operation with the donor co-ordination department to avoid duplication of services and inefficiency.

“We need to meet on monthly basis to share drought intervention progress to harness our response efforts,” said the CEC.

He appreciated the efforts by donor partners who have taken active role in the water, agriculture, health and livestock sectors to respond effectively on drought intervention.

The CEC for Water and Irrigation Hon Abdi Omar said sharing information among partners was necessary and the water department was willing to engage and give technical support to all organizations undertaking water projects in the emergency response.

He said solarization of water projects was best innovation that helped the communities in the drought ravaged areas to cope with situation.

He called for a paradigm shift in the future programs of organizations to have prior budget to respond swiftly towards emergencies such as drought and floods.

Representative from County Department of Water, Health, Agriculture and Livestock Islamic Relief, UNICEF , Pastoralist Girls Initiative, UNHCR, IUCA, RRDO among other organizations attended the meeting.

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