By Ben Ochieng NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Humanitarian partners in Kenya on
Thursday appealed for 106 million U.S. dollars to scale up their
response to help lessen the dire effects of drought in northern
The UN Resident
Coordinator in Kenya Siddharth Chatterjee said the UN family and
the humanitarian community stand with Kenyans to address the
devastating effects of the drought on some of the country’s most
“Today, we appeal to
the international community to step up its support to Kenya by
pledging additional resources to bolster our relief efforts in
the critical months ahead. The previous Flash Appeal for Kenya
launched in March has been only 43 percent funded,” Chatterjee
said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
There are an
estimated 5.6 million people in the country who are affected as
a result of the drought, including 3.4 million people who are
concern are the 2.6 million people now facing severe food
insecurity, including 500,000 who are experiencing ‘emergency’
levels of food insecurity, according to the Integrated Phase
Classification (IPC) system.
According to the UN,
over 300,000 children in the arid and semi-arid regions of Kenya
now require urgent treatment for acute malnutrition, and in the
worst-affected areas global acute malnutrition (GAM) rates are
more than twice the emergency threshold of 15 percent.
“Since the launch of
the original Kenya Flash Appeal in March, the food insecurity
and malnutrition has escalated due to recurrent drought. Water
shortage and disease outbreak have worsened the impact on those
already facing hunger and malnutrition, and livelihoods have
been further compromised by an infestation of fall army worm,”
The Revised Flash
Appeal, which covers September to December complements Nairobi’s
13 month extended response plan.
Through the appeal,
humanitarian partners aim to respond to the most
life-threatening needs of 1.9 million people, prioritizing
response in 11 regions that face the highest levels of
malnutrition and food insecurity.
Since November 2016,
the government has allocated 124.3 million dollars through the
first and second phases of its response plan.
However, the third
phase of the government’s response is likely to be delayed due
to political developments, making the response planned by
humanitarian partners through the Flash Appeal all the more