The district commissioner, Mr Khalid Mandia, has revealed that many families are already short of food and that they can be rescued if relief food is sent urgently.
e said the district recently received 601 tonnes of maize for distribution to the critically hit families but the stock was not enough
The semi-arid district, which is inhabited predominantly by nomadic pastoralists, is often affected by food shortages during seasons of severe drought.
This time around, much of the district did not receive sufficient rains which normally end at the beginning of May.
urged the Prime Minister's Office, which normally coordinates relief food supplies, to treat Simanjiro as a special disaster zone."It is very unfortunate that some areas in our district did not receive rains at all.
This has impacted negatively on food production," he