President William Ruto with US first lady Jill Biden

At least 16 billion Kenyan shillings have been contributed by the government of the United States of America to help alleviate the effects of the drought in Kenya.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) estimates that the money will assist in meeting the critical requirements of about 1.3 million people across the country of Kenya.

More than four million people in Kenya are currently facing a grave food insecurity crisis, and that number is projected to grow to over five million by June of this year.

As a consequence of the continuing drought, Kenya has received additional food assistance at a time when it is desperately needed.

The total combined rainfall in Kenya is now less than 70 percent of the 30-year average across the entire region as a result of the failure of the rainy season for the fifth consecutive year in the Horn of Africa.

This has exacerbated the needs of victims in the region.

Families residing in regions where local markets are not operating will be eligible to receive emergency food assistance from USAID in the form of sorghum, maize, yellow split peas, and vegetable oil. 

This assistance will be provided free of charge.

Also, in regions where markets are operating normally, partners will give families help in the form of cash payments.

Since there are over 970,000 children in the United States who are in the acute stage of malnutrition and are less than five years old, the agency will also fund initiatives to reduce and cure child malnutrition.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said that "given the severity of the present crisis, more financing will be necessary to cover predicted human suffering until the year 2023."

The news, which came about as a result of a trip to Kenya by the First Lady of the United States of America, was met with approval by President William Ruto.

As a result of four years' worth of missed rainy seasons, the nation is now experiencing its worst drought on record, and the president took to Twitter to show his thanks for the assistance.

"On behalf of the people of Kenya, my deepest thanks go out to the government of the United States for this wonderful help to extremely fortunate people who are suffering through the greatest drought in history as a result of four years in a row of unsuccessful rainfall.

Ruto is quoted as saying that "water gathering would boost food and animal output as well as mitigate the consequences of climate change."

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