The Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) announced on Tuesday (January 15th) that it has earmarked almost $300,000 to assist 12,936 people affected by flooding in Kenya's Nyanza and Rift Valley Provinces.
Heavy rains began in December, killing 13 people and displacing 765, while five people are still missing, according to the IFRC. The displaced are being sheltered in schools, churches, public shopping centres and within host populations, but students will need to move again to return to school.
The DREF funds will allow the Kenya Red Cross Society to continue its search-and-rescue operations in the area, trace missing persons and to provide basic food, clean water and health services to people affected by flooding.
The Kenya Meteorological Department predicts the rains will continue through mid-January, according to the Red Cross.