Emergency aid for flood disaster in Kenya 13 May 2003

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Release
Foreign Press Center Translation (No. 100)

1. On May 13 (Tue), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency assistance in kind, comprising blankets, plastic sheets, plastic jerry cans and water tanks (equivalent to about 13.29 million yen), to the Republic of Kenya, which has sustained damage from flooding.

2. In Kenya, floods occurred in the three provinces of Nyanza, Western and Rift Valley as well as along the Eastern Tana River, having left more than 35 persons dead and about 60,000 displaced in total so far, and causing great damage on farmland, educational facilities and roads.

3. In each of these regions the afflicted people whose housings sustained damage by flooding are being forced to take shelter in uncomfortable surroundings. The Government of Kenya has been making rehabilitation efforts on its own, however, as further assistance was needed from the international community, the Government of Kenya requested emergency assistance from the Government of Japan.

4. The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency assistance from the humanitarian point of view, in light of the seriousness of the disaster and the friendly relations between Japan and Kenya.

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