Deputy governor Peter Lotethiro has today launched the first phase of relief food distribution that will benefit residents in regions severely affected by drought.

Speaking when he flagged off trucks ferrying relief food at the at the National Cereals and Produce Board(NCPB) silos in Lodwar, DG Lotethiro said that the distribution has been necessitated by the negative impact that has been caused by the ongoing drought. He warned that the situation was alarming such and required quick intervention.

He called for support from the national government to reach more residents regions affected, saying the distribution from the county government was not enough for all the affected residents of the county.

“We appeal to the national government through the concerned ministry to provide relief food so as to boost the current supply of cereals and cooking oil that the county is distributing. I urge them to to act first and contain the situation before it gets out of hand,” he said.

The Deputy Governor said 12 wards most affected that its food will benefit from the batch of food released today. The wards are Kibish, Lapur, Nanam, Lobokat, Letea, Lobei-Kotaruk, Kerio Delta, Songot, Kaaleng-Kaikor, Kaikor and Lokori-Kochodin which will recieve 36,000 of 50Kgs bags, 10,000 of 50kg bags of beans and 10,000 of 20 litres cooking oil.

County Executive Public Service and Disaster Management Charles Lokiyoto said that the sub-county and ward administrators had been mobilized to distribute the relief food with help from the distribution committees; and assured that the County will coordinate with the ward distribution committees ensure residents targeted received the rightful share of the food.

The food distribution committee he says would weigh the amount of relief food delivered and crosscheck with the planned amount to be received at the ward level.

Also present to witness the flagging was the County Secretary Peter Eripete, County Attorney Erastus Ethekon, Chief Officer for Decentralized Administration and Disaster Management Abraham Losinyen and a host of county government officials.