Bolt has launched a partnership with Kenya Red Cross that will see it help hundreds of thousands of victims of floods that have ravaged most parts of Kenya in the recent weeks.

The ride-hailing platform has already initially contributed Sh5 million towards the noble initiative, which has been unveiled through a new "Flood Assist" category on the Bolt app.

Bolt aims to raise Sh10 million by setting aside 5 per cent of the fare paid for each ride in the new category to be channelled to assisting victims of the recent floods to rebuild their lives.

“By unveiling the 'Flood Assist' category and contributing an initial Sh5 million, we aim to inspire and encourage Kenyans to join us in supporting flood relief efforts,” said Bolt Kenya Country Manager Linda Ndungu.

She added: “This initiative allows us to use our platform to make a meaningful impact and provide much-needed assistance to those affected by the devastating floods.”

A total of 228 people have died due to ravaging floods across the country, with 72 still missing, 164 wounded, and 223,000 others displaced, according to Kenya Government.

Funds raised through the new Bolt category will be used to offer relief food, relocation support and reconstruction of water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities in the affected areas.

“This collaboration is crucial in amplifying our efforts to reach more people and deliver the necessary aid to communities devastated by the floods,” said Kenya Red Cross Secretary-General Dr Ahmed Idris.

He added: “With Bolt's partnership and their generous initial contribution, we can provide critical support, such as food, shelter, and medical assistance, to those who need it most. It's through the involvement of partners like Bolt that we can significantly improve the lives of those affected by this disaster.”