Appeal launched to support over 50,000 affected by floods in Kenya

Published: 25 April 2013 10:39 CET

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has launched an emergency appeal to support 52,000 people affected by the recent floods in Kenya. The Kenya Red Cross Society says that thousands of families in Rift Valley, Coast, Upper Eastern, Lower Eastern, North Eastern, Central and West Kenya have been displaced by flood waters and landslides, and that heavy rain is expected to continue into June.

The IFRC’s appeal will support the Kenya Red Cross Society, which has begun search and rescue operations and distribution of essential relief in the immediate aftermath of the floods, to deliver health services, temporary shelter for the many thousands who have lost their homes, and livelihoods support to assist farmers whose land has been inundated with water.

The emergency operation will continue until October, and will include significant disaster risk reduction activities to ensure communities are well prepared for future shocks. 

For more information on the floods and the Red Cross response, please visit the Kenya Red Cross Society website.