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Kenya: Red Cross responds to fire at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Published: 8 August 2013 0:35 CET

By Susan Onyango, IFRC

In the early hours of 7 August 2013, the Kenya Red Cross Society received a Twitter alert with news of a fire at the country’s largest airport, situated in the capital, Nairobi.

The Kenya Red Cross Society was the first to break the news on Twitter, reaching over 8.6 million people. It was also the top referenced source on Twitter with international media organizations.

The Kenya Red Cross Society’s emergency operations centre immediately activated a disaster response team and dispatched two ambulances to the airport.

Peter Outa, the Kenya Red Cross Society’s communications officer, said, “Our emergency operations centre immediately activated a response team and dispatched two ambulances to the airport. We called in the National Youth Service, the Kenyan Army and the National Disaster Operations Centre, which quickly activated their respective response teams. No casualties were reported. We organized standby ambulances at Kisumu International Airport after it was reported that some planes were being diverted there.”

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport serves as East Africa’s regional hub. Operations have been suspended following serious damage to the airport’s arrivals hall and one international departures unit. It is expected that a few domestic flights will take off from the airport later this evening.

The Kenya Red Cross Society’s disaster response and emergency medical teams will remain on standby, ready to respond to any crisis.




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