Emergency aid for flood disaster in Kenya 16 May 2003

  1. On May 16 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency grant assistance of 100,000 U.S. dollars to the Republic of Kenya, which has sustained damage from flooding.

2. Floods occurred in the three Kenyan provinces of Nyanza, Western and Rift Valley and 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 to farmland, schools and roads.

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

4. The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency aid from a humanitarian point of view, in light of the seriousness of the disaster and the friendly relations between Japan and Kenya. Together with the recent assistance in kind to Kenya, the Government of Japan has so far extended aid equivalent to a total of about 25 million yen for the flood disaster.