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Tuesday, 08 December 2015

Kenya To Get EU’s Sh8.5bn Fund For El Niño

Kenya is set to benefit from a Sh8.5 billion fund set aside by the European Union (EU) to prevent loss of life and destruction of property in the Horn of Africa region as a result of the ongoing El Niño rains, Footprint to Africa reports. It will be recalled that travelers got stranded after El Niño rains swept off a road at Kambi Karai in West Pokot County, northwestern Kenya on November 10, 2015. According to the EU, the fund will be shared out between Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda, Somali and Uganda, which have a combined 14.4 million people affected by the heavy rains so far. The EU has announced aid of up to Sh13.5 billion to finance emergency actions in countries affected by the El Niño rains in Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The funds will be utilised to save lives and increase resilience in the affected countries to alleviate further damage and address immediate needs of water, shelter, health and nutrition. The EU has announced aid of up to Sh13.5 billion to finance emergency actions in countries affected by the El Niño rains in Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America. “We need to react now so El Niño does not undermine the efforts in poverty alleviation in many countries in the world that have fought so hard to achieve. Today the EU is boosting its efforts to prevent a crisis that could cause instability in the longer term,” European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said.EU expects the current El Niño to be the strongest on record surpassing a similar one that was experienced between 1997 and 1998. Of the total amount EU has allocated for the humanitarian aid, Sh12.9 billion will come from the European Development Fund Reserves and Sh648 million from the humanitarian budget.

Source: Footprint to Africa