European Commission releases €1.5m in aid for Kenyan flood victims

14 May 18

The European Commission has released €1.5m in emergency humanitarian funding to victims of Kenya’s ongoing floods.

The funding will cover basic needs such as emergency shelter and household essentials, food, as well as emergency healthcare.

This comes as the Patel dam, in Solai area of Nakuru county north-west of Nairobi, burst its banks after heavy rain last week, killing at least 50 people.

Christos Stylianides, commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management, said: “The EU is doing its part to assist the most affected by this tragedy.

“Our new funding will deliver emergency supplies.”

Kenya has faced ongoing floods, which have so far led to the death of 170 people and displaced more than 300,000.

The country’s president Uhuru Kenyatta pledged on Saturday government support to all Kenyans affected by the heavy rain.

He said those impacted by the collapsed dam would receive government assistance to “rebuild their lives”.

He said: “Let them [the victims] know that my government will give every support in this moment of grief and difficulty, so that they can rebuild their lives and livelihood.”

The European Union set out its budget earlier this month, which will focus on sound financial management with an aim to do “more for less”.

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