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World Bank Grants $60 Million Credit to Kenya for Drought Relief

The World Bank has approved a $60 million credit for emergency drought recovery efforts in Kenya, as a lack of rainfall has compromised the well-being of more than three million people in rural areas.

In a written statement Friday, the World Bank's country director for Kenya, Colin Bruce, said the money will be used to build on a successful existing project called the Arid Lands Resource Management Project.

The bank says $40 million will be spent on long-term investments, such as new and improved water supplies, irrigation and natural resource management. Another $20 million will be used to reimburse the government for money spent on non-food emergency drought response.

The World Bank says Kenya has made great strides in drought preparedness, as well as recovery and mitigation efforts, over the past decade.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.