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Kenya declares worsening drought a national disaster

Kenya's government has declared the drought ravaging large parts of the country a national disaster.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned food distributors not to take advantage of the crisis to enrich themselves.

The president has also asked the international community for aid, but a statement from his office did not say how much the government is seeking from abroad.

Almost half of the East African nation's counties are facing drought - 23 out of 47.

Earlier, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said the worsening drought is putting 11 million people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in urgent need of help.

Kenya's drought management authority said about 2.7 million people are in need and livestock are threatened.

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