Tuesday, May 28th, 2024

India sends second consignment of humanitarian aid to flood-hit Kenya

India on Tuesday sent the second tranche of humanitarian assistance, including relief and medical supplies, to Kenya to support people affected by massive floods in the East African country.

Humanitarian aid sent to the country included 40 tonnes of medicines, medical supplies and other equipment to aid flood victims and disaster relief.

Help was sent from Hindon Airport in Ghaziabad to Kenya through Indian Air Force aircraft.

External Affairs Minister Jaishankar also shared details of the aid sent to Kenya on the X, saying, “The second tranche of HADR material consisting of 40 tonnes of medicines, medical supplies and other equipment is leaving for Kenya to assist the flood victims. Standing for a historic partnership, a Vishwabandhu for the world.”

On May 10, India handed over food, relief and medicine supplies to Kenya as a first responder in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

“Standing in solidarity with Kenya, Indian Naval Ship Sumedha, as first responder in the IOR, has handed over food, relief and medical supplies to the Government of Kenya for flood victims,” ​​the Indian High Commission in Kenya posted on Twitter.

Torrential rains have caused devastating floods in Kenya, where more than 200 people have died, thousands have been displaced and nearly 2,000 schools have been destroyed. Al Jazeera reported on 4 May that all remaining schools had been closed until further notice.

Rain has been lashing Kenya since March during some of the most devastating weather events to hit the country in years. Now, Cyclone Hidaya is expected to hit Kenya and neighboring Tanzania late on Friday, worsening the flood situation. This comes amid recent heavy rainfall in East Africa.

Floods have wreaked havoc in Kenya, causing deaths and destruction.

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