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Kenya declares drought affecting country a national disaster

Published:Friday | February 10, 2017 | 2:32 PM
August 5 file photo, newly arrived Somali refugees wait outside a UNHCR processing centre at the Ifo refugee camp outside Dadaab, eastern Kenya, 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the Somali border.

Kenya's president has declared the drought, which has affected as much as half the country, a national disaster.

Uhuru Kenyatta appealed for international aid and said the government would increase food handouts to the most needy communities.

Kenya's Red Cross says 2.7 million people face starvation if more help is not provided.

Other countries in the region have also been hit by the drought, blamed on last year's El Nino weather phenomenon.