The Kenya Red Cross on Friday
appealed for 5 million U.S. dollars to provide
emergency assistance to some 150,000 Kenyans
displaced by floods.
Gullet, Secretary General of Kenya Red Cross, told
reporters in Nairobi that the funds will cater for
food, shelter and healthcare to populations affected
by flooding that has intensified against a backdrop
of torrential rainfall.
launching an appeal for 5 million dollars to reach
150,000 out of 260,000 people displaced by floods
countrywide. The rains are higher than we had
anticipated and 32 out of 47 counties are already
affected by flooding,” said Gullet.
warned that communicable diseases like cholera and
typhoid could erupt in low-lying counties affected
by flooding due to widespread contamination of water
immediate areas of intervention include supply of
water treatment chemicals to prevent a cholera
epidemic in flooded regions,” Gullet said.
that nutritional supplements were required to
cushion flood victims from acute hunger and
Statistics from Kenya Red Cross indicate that 112
people have so far died since mid-March when
torrential rains started pounding the East African
said that infrastructure worth millions of dollars
has been destroyed by floods while crops and
livestock have been wiped out in the semi-arid
counties hence worsening food insecurity.
conducting regular assessment and have discovered
that supply of essential goods and services in
floods affected counties has been disrupted. The
displaced can hardly access health facilities while
schools are a no go zone since they are submerged,”
Gullet told reporters.
revealed that Kenya Red Cross has partnered with the
central and county governments to scale up emergency
interventions for the population affected by floods.