Mwenda Thuranira distributes food at Almasi Home for children with special needs at past date. BETTY LUKE/PRESS POINT

By Betty Luke

More than 100,000 Isiolo residents are faced with acute hunger occasioned by the ongoing drought according to the National Drought Management Authority.

Isiolo County NDMA Coordinator Lordman Lekalkuli said about 45 percent of residents living in Cherab, Sericho, Oldonyiro, Chari, Garbatulla and Burat wards are in need of food and called upon the county and national government among other stakeholders to chip in and salvage the situation.

The dry spell has led to the reduced water level in Bisanadi, Ewaso Nyiro and Isiolo rivers which for a long time has been the source of domestic and irrigation water, posing threat to human beings and livestock.

Mr Lekalkuli advised pastoralists to sell some of the animals now that they are in good condition rather than waiting to do so when they get emaciated when their prices will dip.

NDMA is constructing a 20-kilometre pipeline in Cherab ward, which has entirely been relying on water trucking, to ensure residents access clean water for domestic and livestock use.

He also urged those living in agro-pastoral areas to venture into farming as an alternative source of income.

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