NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on
Saturday pledged his government’s support to all Kenyans
affected by rain-related calamities.
those affected by floods in various parts of the country and the
victims of the collapsed dam tragedy in Nakuru will receive
government assistance to both ease their grief and rebuild their
"Let them (victims of recent calamities) know that my
government will give every support in this moment of grief and
difficulty, so that they can rebuild their lives and
livelihood," said the president, who led Kenyans in a one-minute
silence in honor of the fallen compatriots.
The president spoke in Nairobi where he launched this year’s
National Tree Planting Day and the Nairobi Clean-up campaign.
Kenyatta announced that an extra 10 million U.S. dollars will
be made available to the Kenya Red Cross to continue with its
relief work, in addition to the 15 million dollars already set
aside for this purpose.
"Indeed, every family in the Republic that has lost a loved
one can rely on a similar guarantee from my government.
"We will stand with you; we will pray with you; we will
support you. Wherever you are in the country, we are with you,"
The East African nation has been facing ongoing floods.
On Wednesday night, the Patel dam in Solai area of Nakuru
county, 190 km north-west of Nairobi burst its banks after heavy
rains, killing at least 45 people.
Following the rain-related havoc, said the president, the
government had responded well in rescuing marooned Kenyans,
providing water, food and essential medicines and restoring
water systems and sanitation where necessary.
Kenyatta said the floods had affected 32 counties, left more
than 170 people dead, and displaced another 332,000 in addition
to the destruction of property and infrastructure.
The current flooding is likely to continue as heavy rainfall
is forecast to continue for the coming weeks in the region.
Chinese Foreign Minister
sends condolences to
Kenya’s Monica Juma over deadly dam collapse
BEIJING China (Xinhua) --
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang
Yi on Friday sent condolences to Kenyan Foreign Minister Monica
Juma over a dam collapse that has caused heavy casualties and
Wang said he was shocked to learn that a dam was destroyed in
a flood in Subukia, Nakuru County in Kenya, which subsequently
caused heavy casualties and property losses.
Wang expressed his deep sorrow for those who died.
He also expressed his sincere condolences to Juma and through
the Kenyan foreign minister to the bereaved families and the
He said he wishes that the injured will soon recover and the
affected people will return to their homes at an early date.
Xi sends condolences to
Kenyan president over deadly dam collapse
BEIJING China (Xinhua) --
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday sent
condolences to his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta over a dam
collapse that has caused heavy casualties and property losses.
Xi said he was shocked to learn that a dam was destroyed in a
flood in Subukia, Nakuru County in Kenya, which has caused heavy
casualties and property losses.
On behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese people,
and also in his own name, Xi expressed his deep sorrow for those
who died. He also expressed his deep sympathies and sincere
condolences to Kenyatta and through the Kenyan president to the
bereaved families and the injured.
Xi said he believed that under the leadership of Kenyatta and
the Kenyan government, the people living in the disaster areas
will certainly overcome difficulties, resume production and
return to normal life soon.
Kenyans mourn with Patel dam Solai tragedy
victims as magnitude of the disaster unfolds