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Kenya: Mandera Floods Information Bulletin 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.

In Brief

This Information Bulletin No. 3 October/2008 reflects the information available at this time.

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 254.20.60.35.93; 254.20.3950000 Fax 254.20.60.35.89

Dr. James Kisia, Deputy Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross Society, Email; kisia.james@kenyaredcross.org Phone 254.20.60.35.93; 254.20.3950000 Fax 254.20.60.35.89

Mr. Titus Mungou, Public Relations Officer, Kenya Red Cross Society, Email; info@kenyaredcross.org Phone 254.20.60.35.93; 254.20.3950000 Fax 254.20.60.35.89

Kenya Red Cross adheres 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 programmes or operations, or for a full description of the Society's profile, please access the Kenya Red Cross Website at http://www.kenyaredcross.org or the Federation's Website at http://www.ifrc.org

Humanitarian Situation in Mandera

Kenya Red Cross is assisting hundreds of people in Mandera District affected by flash floods and clan fighting. The interventions include provision of non-food items, medical services, water and sanitation facilities.

The Secretary General, Mr. Abbas Gullet, on 29th October 2008) led a team of Red Cross Movement officials and doctors from Nairobi, in a tour of Mandera and Elwak districts in North Eastern Province, to asses the humanitarian situation in the region. In the recent past, residents of the two districts have faced prolonged drought, insecurity posed by bandits, flash floods and clan fighting that have left tens of people dead and thousands in need of relief aid. A security operation was launched last week in the districts to curb insecurity.

The Red Cross Movement team toured the area to assess the humanitarian situation as some aid workers had been affected by bandit attacks and the security operation. In Elwak District Hospital over 300 people had been treated for injuries sustained during the security operation. Seven people were reported to have sustained critical injuries after being assessed by doctors from Nairobi. Two others were referred to Mandera District Hospital; and were airlifted to the hospital by the Kenya Red Cross. More medical supplies have been airlifted from Mandera to Elwak following an increase in the number of patients admitted to the District Hospital. A doctor and three nurses were also dispatched from Garissa to Elwak to attend to the injured people. Kenya Red Cross has dispatched more medical supplies by road from Mandera to Elwak. The Society's vehicles have been transporting wounded people from their villages to Elwak Hospital and Wargadud Health Centre.

The Head of Eastern Africa Zone of the International Federation of Red Cross/Crescent Societies, Dr. Asha Mohammed, decried bandit attacks and security operations targeting aid workers. She appealed to all parties to allow the Kenya Red Cross personnel to access the vulnerable people. The Head of Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Mr. Christoph Luedi, reiterated the need to respect the work, staff and property of the Red Cross while discharging their humanitarian mandate.

The Secretary General of the Kenya Red Cross announced that the Government had allowed the Society to continue discharging its mandate in Mandera and Elwak districts.