India donates 40 tons of relief supplies to Kenyan flood victims

India donates 40 tons of relief supplies to Kenyan flood victims

Kenyan gov't officials receive relief supplies from the Indian High Commissioner on May 14, 2024. PHOTO | COURTESY

Kenya has received 40 tons of relief supplies from the Indian government to support flood victims in different parts of the country.

The consignment was received by the East African Community, ASALs, and Regional Development Cabinet Secretary Peninah Malonza together with other government officials on Tuesday.

According to the Indian High Commissioner to Kenya Namgya Khampa, the second tranche of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) material includes medicines, medical supplies, food and non-food and other equipment necessary for IDPs and other flood victims.

“The consignment includes 22 tons of HADR items such as tents, sleeping bags/mats, blankets, power generation sets, ready-to-eat meals, basic sanitary utilities and hygiene kits, and 18 tons of medical aid, comprising essential life-saving drugs and surgical equipment for critical care and wound management,” the Indian High Commission said in a statement.

“It also includes items required for baby food, water purification, menstrual hygiene, repelling mosquitoes, along with malaria and dengue diagnostic kits, anti-venom treatment and several types of testing kits that can be readily deployed on the ground.”

The High Commission underscored that the donation reaffirms the relationship between the two nations, adding that it also symbolizes the ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,’ which is a philosophical gesture of kindness from the Indian people.

“The assistance to Kenya is a reiteration of our strong and friendly relations with Kenya, in the spirit of South-South cooperation and our commitment to keep Africa on top of our priorities, as spelt out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” added the statement.

“It is also in line with India’s philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (World Is One Family) and our commitment to collective action to deal with natural disasters under India’s vision of Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) for the Indian Ocean Region.”

Ms. Khampa expressed her government's commitment to stand together with Kenya following the disaster.

This is the second donation for flood victims from the Asian nation after the first consignment which arrived through the Indian Naval Ship Sumedha on May 10, 2024.


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