Up to 30,000 people in Tharaka Nithi country face a food shortage, the Kenya Red Cross Society has said.

The agency’s official in the county, Gitonga Mugambi, said there have been inadequate rains in Tharaka and Chuka Igambang’ombe constituencies.

He urged the national government to form a special kitty or provide relief food to help the Tharaka Nithi government fight hunger.

Worst affected areas are Igambang’ombe and Tharaka North subcounty, Mugambi said.

“Dependable crops, including sorghum, millet, maize, beans and green grams have dried up due to poor rains in the month of September,” Mugambi said.

He said majority of pupils risk dropping out of school due to the food shortage.

Mugambi was speaking to the Star on the phone yesterday.

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