The government of Kenya says it will take more than $380 million to get relief to its citizens suffering from famine.

Special Programs Minister John Munyes said Sunday the government would contribute about 60 percent of the amount, and relief agencies would be counted on to make up the difference.

At least 40 people, mostly children, have died in Kenya from malnutrition and related illnesses since December. The region's rainy season failed to produce significant rainfall, causing crops to fail and leaving grazing areas barren. In addition to the human toll, thousands of livestock have perished.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization warned Friday that millions of people in East Africa are on the brink of starvation. In addition to Kenya, the agency said Somalia, Djibouti and Ethiopia are in need of assistance.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.