International community silent as Kenya loses 52 is West Pokot tragedy

The United States will channel its aid directly to the victims of West Pokot mudslide and through Red Cross.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic deaths, injuries, and damage from the mudslides triggered by heavy rains in West Pokot on November 23. Our profound sympathies go out to all affected by this disaster,” the US said through its embassy in Nairobi.

“The US government, through its partnership with the Kenya Red Cross, is providing financial support directly to the affected people of West Pokot,” they said.

The US also commended the work of local authorities, humanitarian officials, and all involved in responding to the emergency.

However, the diplomatic community, as well as Kenya’s neighbours in the EAC and Africa by extension, have been silent since the tragedy happened on Saturday. At least 52 people have been confirmed dead.

presidents Yoweri Museveni, Pombe Magufuli, Paul Kagame and Pierre Nkurunziza have not issued any statements yet.

The embassies of the UK, Israel, France, Germany and the African Union are yet to comment on the tragedy.

The number is expected to rise as at least 22 other people are missing following the tragedy that hit Parua, Nyarkulian and Muino, according to Governor John Lonyangapuo.

On Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the deployment of resources including rescue personnel from our various security and humanitarian agencies covering the Kenya Defence Forces, the National Police Service and Special Programmes to West Pokot to provide mitigative action against further loss of lives.

“The operation will continue round the clock until the situation normalizes,” a statement by State House said on Saturday.

Deputy President William Ruto was in Kapenguria on Monday to assess the situation.

Ruto also condoled the families affected by the landslide at the Kapenguria District Hospital.

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