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Kenya donates Sh91m to Malawi flood victims

A Malawi Defence Force marine boat awaits on January 21, 2015 to rescue victims of floods who were trapped by the waters, at a Shire River distributary which resulted when the country's largest river flooded and breaking a railway and road connecting Makhanga and Bangula, rendering them incommunicable. AFP PHOTO | AMOS GUMULIRA
A Malawi Defence Force marine boat awaits on January 21, 2015 to rescue victims of floods who were trapped by the waters, at a Shire River distributary which resulted when the country's largest river flooded and breaking a railway and road connecting Makhanga and Bangula, rendering them incommunicable. AFP PHOTO | AMOS GUMULIRA 

Kenya has donated $1 million (Sh91 million) to Malawi flood victims, Foreign Affairs principal secretary Dr Karanja Kibicho has said.

Dr Kibicho said Kenya identifies with the people and the Government of Malawi over the unexpected disaster that has befallen the country.

“We commiserate with the people of Malawi following unexpected flooding that has killed and rendered thousands others homeless. Kenya is offering a little hand to help in humanitarian effort,” said Dr Kibicho Friday morning.

Although humanitarian efforts are already underway, heavy rains are making rescue operations difficult.

More than 200 people have died and over 200,000 displaced by the torrential rains and flooding.

Dr Kibicho said the money has already been transmitted to the Malawi Embassy in Nairobi.

Although Malawi faces floods each year, this year’s rains have come early and of unprecedented intensity resulting in bursting of river banks.

Among the world's most densely populated and poor countries, about 85 per cent of Malawi's 17.5 million people are farmers living in rural areas where most flooding has occured. Large areas in the south of the country remain underwater.

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