U.S. GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS KENYANS AFFECTED BY THE RECENT FLOODS

On Friday, November 29, 2019, USAID’s Regional Advisor Betty Kraus and Kenyan Red Cross Society staff distributed items such as kitchen sets, blankets, sleeping mats, soap, tarps & other critical relief supplies to people affected by the landslide in West Pokot.

Nairobi, Kenya, December 4, 2019 – The United States is committed to continuing our humanitarian assistance to vulnerable Kenyans, including those recently affected by floods. We extend our deepest sympathy to all those affected by the heavy rains across Kenya.
Through our partners, the U.S. Government supports the purchase and distribution of emergency shelter and critical relief items such as kitchen sets, blankets, sleeping mats, soap, and tarpaulins for flood-affected communities in Garissa, Kilifi, Marsabit, Mandera, Samburu, Tana River, Turkana, Wajir, and West Pokot Counties. For instance, following the recent landslides in West Pokot County, USAID partners, Kenya Red Cross Society and Action Against Hunger, have been distributing relief items and providing integrated health and nutrition services.
Between October 2018 and September 2019. the U.S. Government provided assistance to nearly 1.5 million Kenyans affected by drought and floods. The KSH 5.8 billion of assistance is for safe drinking water, improved sanitation and hygiene programs, livestock support, and emergency food and nutrition assistance. This includes KSH 4.1 billion to UNICEF and the UN World Food Program to procure and distribute specialized lifesaving nutrition commodities, made in Kenya, for the treatment of acute malnutrition. The United States Government remains the largest donor to the United Nations.
The U.S. Government’s humanitarian assistance is coordinated with Government of Kenya-led efforts to ensure that communities are able to bounce back from climate shocks and build resilience to withstand future floods or drought.

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For more information please contact:
Kim Case
Senior Regional Development Outreach and Communications Advisor
U.S. Agency for International Development Kenya and East Africa
+254 706 033 203 or kcase@usaid.gov