November 14, 2008

Flooding, Rain Impacting 300,000 Kenyans

More than 300,000 people in Kenya have been impacted by landslides and flooding caused by a recent heavy rains, an aid group says.

The Kenya Red Cross Society said since the torrential rains began in parts of the East African country, a large number of residents are desperately in need of help, The Nation said Thursday.

The aid organization said it needs $7.5 million in emergency assistance to help those displaced or affected by the natural disasters.

The secretary general of the organization, Abbas Gullet, said the emergency aid would offer temporary assistance in areas such as healthcare and fresh water.

"Our main objectives are to buy non-food items, improve healthcare, water and sanitation and logistics for three months," the Red Cross official said.

Gullet also warned of the possibility of greater health risks if aid is not readily available in Kenya.

"We have been forced to transport our water treating facility from Garissa to be used in Wajir as all the wells, latrines and bucket toilets are overflowing and a major health calamity is looming," the told the Nation.


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