The government has started giving relief food to drought stricken families in Naivasha sub-county to avert fatalities following reports of looming starvation among over 10,000 households in the area.

However area Deputy County Commissioner Mr. Isaac Masinde said about 3,000 families will receive the food ration following a recent audit of those affected by the pro-longed drought.

Masinde said children, the elderly and vulnerable groups will be given first priority in the first phase of the distribution, saying they were the most affected by the pro-longed dry spell that has hit most parts of the country.

“The government has been monitoring the situation for a while and has now taken the measures to give out food even as the rainy season is expected soon,” he told the press in his office.

Residents being given relief food. The government is giving relief food to hunger stricken families in Naivasha sub county

 The administrator said the government had already provided enough maize, beans and cooking oil and that the distribution process was underway.

He cited the worst hit areas including Ndabibi, Maela, Longonot, Satelite, Mai Mahiu and parts of Naivasha town where he said the government has already started giving out the relief.

At the same time Masinde cautioned the residents to be wary of wild-life most of which have strayed from national parks in the area for search of water and pasture and warned against those engaging in poaching that the government was alert and will catch up with them.

However sources at the area KWS office maintained that efforts were being made to contain the situation by putting measures in place to help retain the animals in the parks.