China donates relief materials to Kenya, Somalia
Those are relief materials worth 10.22 billion shillings (1.31 million US dollars), donated by the Chinese government to Kenya and Somalia, which were affected by the tsunami disaster as well as severe drought.
The relief materials include 250 tents, 4,000 toweling coverlets, 350 power generators, medicines, food and daily necessities, said Guo Chongli, China's ambassador to Kenya, who was at the airport to oversee the arrival of the cargo.
"The Chinese government has recently donated 100,000 US dollars respectively to the Kenyan government and the Somali government. This time, China sends a planeload of relief materials to further support the disaster-hit people in both countries," said the Chinese ambassador.
Officials from the Kenyan and the Somali presidential offices were at the airport to receive the materials on behalf of their respective governments.
Both sides expressed their sincere thanks to the Chinese government and the Chinese people, saying China has always been helpful and the Chinese people are really friends indeed.
The Chinese donation will be distributed to people in affected areas as soon as possible, they said.
About 200 Somalis were killed and many more were missing after the tidal waves struck the Somali coast late December as the effect of a series of strong undersea Sumatra earthquakes hit the east African coast. The disaster caused extensive property damage in the Horn of Africa country.
Kenya also suffered a severe blow in which one person was killed, several others were injured and many boats destroyed at the coast. Besides, Kenya has been suffering from drought in 27 of its 71 districts in eight provinces since last July.
An earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter Scale was registered on December 26, west of the island of Sumatra, triggering tsunamis, or tidal waves, in south and southeast Asia.
Over 165,000 people in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Maldives, Thailand and Malaysia have been killed in the disaster.
The donation to Kenya and Somalia is just part of China's great efforts to help tsunami-hit countries. So far the Chinese government has pledged 121.8 million US dollars of aid to the affected countries.