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President Uhuru Kenyatta pledge to help flood victims amid crisis

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday pledged his government’s support to all Kenyans affected by rain-related calamities.

Kenyatta said those affected by floods in various parts of the country and the victims of the collapsed dam tragedy in Nakuru will receive government assistance to both ease their grief and rebuild their lives.

"Let them (victims of recent calamities) know that my government will give every support in this moment of grief and difficulty, so that they can rebuild their lives and livelihood," said the president, who led Kenyans in a one-minute silence in honor of the fallen compatriots.

The president spoke in Nairobi where he launched this year’s National Tree Planting Day and the Nairobi Clean-up campaign.

Kenyatta announced that an extra 10 million U.S. dollars will be made available to the Kenya Red Cross to continue with its relief work, in addition to the 15 million dollars already set aside for this purpose.

"Indeed, every family in the Republic that has lost a loved one can rely on a similar guarantee from my government.

"We will stand with you; we will pray with you; we will support you. Wherever you are in the country, we are with you," he said.

The East African nation has been facing ongoing floods.

On Wednesday night, the Patel dam in Solai area of Nakuru county, 190 km north-west of Nairobi burst its banks after heavy rains, killing at least 45 people.

Following the rain-related havoc, said the president, the government had responded well in rescuing marooned Kenyans, providing water, food and essential medicines and restoring water systems and sanitation where necessary.

Kenyatta said the floods had affected 32 counties, left more than 170 people dead, and displaced another 332,000 in addition to the destruction of property and infrastructure.

The current flooding is likely to continue as heavy rainfall is forecast to continue for the coming weeks in the region.
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UPDATES:

Chinese Foreign Minister sends condolences to
Kenya’s Monica Juma over deadly dam collapse

BEIJING China (Xinhua) -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday sent condolences to Kenyan Foreign Minister Monica Juma over a dam collapse that has caused heavy casualties and property losses.

Wang said he was shocked to learn that a dam was destroyed in a flood in Subukia, Nakuru County in Kenya, which subsequently caused heavy casualties and property losses.

Wang expressed his deep sorrow for those who died.

He also expressed his sincere condolences to Juma and through the Kenyan foreign minister to the bereaved families and the injured.

He said he wishes that the injured will soon recover and the affected people will return to their homes at an early date.
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Xi sends condolences to Kenyan president over deadly dam collapse

BEIJING China (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday sent condolences to his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta over a dam collapse that has caused heavy casualties and property losses.

Xi said he was shocked to learn that a dam was destroyed in a flood in Subukia, Nakuru County in Kenya, which has caused heavy casualties and property losses.

On behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese people, and also in his own name, Xi expressed his deep sorrow for those who died. He also expressed his deep sympathies and sincere condolences to Kenyatta and through the Kenyan president to the bereaved families and the injured.

Xi said he believed that under the leadership of Kenyatta and the Kenyan government, the people living in the disaster areas will certainly overcome difficulties, resume production and return to normal life soon.
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SEE ALSO:

Kenyans mourn with Patel dam Solai tragedy
victims as magnitude of the disaster unfolds

             

 

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