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Kenya: Floods, Landslides & Conflicts Operation Update No. 4

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The Kenya Red Cross Society's mission is to build capacity and respond with vigor, compassion and empathy to those affected by disaster and at risk, in the most effective and efficient manner. It works closely with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 185 countries.

The Operations Update No. 4/2008 reflects the information available at this time:

- Kenya Red Cross launched a Preliminary Appeal No. 3/2008 targeting Ksh.585, 839,514 (CHF 6,657,407, USD 7,510,763) that will assist 300,000 beneficiaries for 3 months.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

- Mr. Abbas Gullet, Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross Society, Email; gullet.abbas@kenyaredcross.org. Phone 254.20.395 0000. Fax 254.20.60.35.89.

- Dr. James Kisia, Deputy Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross Society, Email; kisia.james@kenyaredcross.org Phone 254.20.395 0000. Fax 254.20.60.35.89.

- Mrs. Annette Msabeni, Acting Head of Department, Disaster Preparedness and Response, Kenya Red Cross Society; Email msabeni.annette@kenyaredcross.org Phone 254.20.395 0000. Fax 254.20.60.35.89.

- Mr. Titus Mung'ou, Public Relations & Communications Officer, Kenya Red Cross Society, Email info@kenyaredcross.org . Phone 254.20.395 0000. Fax 254.20.60.35.89.

All Kenya Red Cross Society assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning the Kenya Red Cross Society programmes or operations, or for a full description of the Society's profile, please access the Kenya Red Cross Society Website at http://www.kenyaredcross.org or the Federation's Website at http://www.ifrc.org

Operational Summary

The Government has provided 1,057.5MT of relief food under the ongoing floods interventions in 11 districts. Kenya Red Cross has been appointed to co-ordinate the distribution of food to the affected people.

The Society has commenced relief and health response to victims of floods, landslides and conflict in the country. Floods have subsided in most provinces. However, there have been sporadic ethnic clashes in some districts. The inter-clan conflicts in Tharaka/Tigania and Mandera districts were not reported this week.

Kenya Red Cross has been monitoring the flood situation countrywide. A multi-sectoral team comprising Kenya Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross/Crescent staff, will be dispatched late this week to Tana River, Wajir, Garissa and Mandera, among other areas, to undertake a detailed assessment of the situation. The assessment will look into sectoral needs and come up with guidelines for future interventions.

Situation

North Eastern

In Wajir, at least 530 people have been displaced by conflict and most of them are living with host families after fleeing skirmishes in Mandera District. The situation is now calm, but tension is high between the hosts and victims in Wajir East.

North Rift

At least 13 people were killed in Turkana Central District following an attack by raiders from a neighbouring district. Kenya Red Cross is working with the Government to assess and respond to humanitarian needs of close to 200 people affected by the raid. The affected community lost over 2,000 livestock during the raid.

Eastern

People displaced following border clashes between two clans in Tharaka and Tigania have returned home. Kenya Red Cross Branch facilitated distribution of non-food items and the return of some families. The situation is calm along the border, but there is need for more relief aid since most houses were destroyed during the conflict.

Coast

Floods have subsided in most parts of Coast Province, but the humanitarian assistance to affected people is required. Kenya Red Cross team is on the ground monitoring the situation and distributing relief aid.