Emergency Relief Coordinator Mr. Mark Lowcock has announced a
US$3Million contributions from the United Nations Central Emergency
Response Fund(CERF) to assist people affected by server floods,
Mudslides and landslides in Kenya.
allocation follows heavy rains across the country since the beginning
funds will allow humanitarian organizations to rapidly provide
critical food and livelihood support, shelter and health services for
the most vulnerable people in the hardest-hit areas, including
children, women, the elderly, and people living with disabilities,”
said the UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee.
storms have caused destruction and damage of key infrastructure,
including houses, health facilities and schools, displacing an
unconfirmed number of people and disrupting basic services in at
least 32 of the 47 Kenya’s counties. Roads, bridges were damaged,
hampering effective humanitarian response efforts in affected areas.
rains have also destroyed thousands of acres of farmland, in a
context where the country was already facing increase hunger, with
3.1 million people projected to be in crisis and emergency levels of
food insecurity,” said Mr. Chatterjee.
are very grateful to Central
for this timely and crucial contribution and urge other donors to
support the response,” he added, on behalf of the UN agencies that
will receive the funds.
Village swallowed by floods
addition to provision of food, shelter materials and logistics
support, the funds will be used to improve access to safe drinking
water, both through repair of damaged water supplies and promotion of
household water treatment and storage, as well as hygiene promotion
to prevent water and vector borne diseases.
UN agencies which will receive funds are the Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO), the International Organization for Migration
(IOM), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food
Program (WFP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United
Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).