Thousands facing starvation in Baringo after rains fail

Ms Jepteker Ng'uriawiang, 35 from Kakoghit village in Lokis Sub-Location of Tiaty Sub-County, Baringo County, one of the residents faced by acute food shortage. A humanitarian crisis is looming in Baringo following frequent raids by suspected cattle rustlers. PHOTO | WYCLIFFE KIPSANG |

What you need to know:

  • Mr Cheptumo called on the government to declare hunger ravaging many parts of the country a national disaster.
  • He said that in Baringo County alone, thousands of people were now facing starvation and were in dire need of relief food
  • His remarks come amid claims that seven people had allegedly succumbed to hunger related illnesses in Tiaty Tub-County in the past one month.
  • Baringo County Deputy Governor Mathew Tuitoek said that more than 300,000 people are food insecure in the county.

Baringo North MP William Cheptumo has warned of an acute food shortage in 2015 following erratic rainfall patterns this season.

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