People affected by the earthquake which hit the Kagera region, in northwestern Tanzania, in September last year will get some relief from a humanitarian emergency grant approved by the African Development Bank Group’s Board last week.
The assistance will help to meet urgent needs of primary and secondary schools in the earthquake affected areas, and restore learning activities.
Kagera region in northwestern Tanzania was hit by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake on Saturday, September 10, 2016, resulting in 17 deaths and 440 injured people.
The rate of refugee arrivals per day from both Burundi and DRC remained the same as last reporting period with influxes ranging between 250 and 776 per day. Lack of a fourth camp location continues to overstretch the three established camps.
Prevention and rapid response to cholera cases outside the camps has stemmed further spread.
Much needed school supplies have arrived and plans to hold national exams in the camps are underway.
SITUATION IN NUMBERS
REGIONAL STRATEGIC OVERVIEW
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
Revisions in the EPOA were that additional funds were made available for a vehicle to support the RDRT’s mission, since the vastness of the affected area was greater than initially planned.
Nairobi, November 16 2016
Now more than a year since Burundi’s current crisis began, more than 160,000 men, women and children remain in refugee camps in Tanzania and are unable to return home. The situation inside Burundi continues to worsen. A low intensity urban conflict is spreading progressively from Bujumbura to other provinces, resulting in targeted assassinations, torture, harassments and abuses.1 Coupled with an economic collapse brought on by the conflict, this makes it virtually impossible for displaced Burundians to return home safely.
The rate of Burundi refugee arrivals per day continues to increase with influxes between 173 per day to as high as 453 per day. In addition, DRC refugee arrivals have increased over the past couple of months to as high as 65 per day.
Schools have reopened after the annual break, but attendance is falling short of enrollment numbers, primarily due to shortage of school supplies and classrooms.
Map of the Kagera Region showing the Number of damaged classrooms
On 10 September, Kagera Region in northwestern Tanzania was struck by a 5.9 magnitude earthquake resulting in at least 17 deaths and over 250 injuries.
Due to a shortfall in funding, WFP will reduce rations under the refugee operation as early as November. If funds are not received immediately, WFP’s assistance will be disrupted in 2017. WFP has launched a funding appeal to development partners. The funding requirement over the next six months is USD 20.9 million.
The Joint Damage and Needs Assessment Report is the outcome of the request from the Prime Minister’s Office to the United Nation Resident Coordinator in Tanzania to support the government in various areas on emergency response following the devastating earthquake which occurred in Kagera region on 10 September, 2016.
As of 15 September 2016
161,581 Total Burundian population of concern
158,863 Total Burundian population post influx
63,878 Total Burundian population in Nyarugusu Camp (Pre-Influx + Influx)
53,497 Total population in Nduta Camp
44,008 Total population in Mtendeli Camp
198 Total population in Lumasi Transit Site
An agreement between the XPRIZE Foundation and WFP Tanzania has been signed for the Global Learning XPRIZE pilot in Tanzania. The project aims to develop an open-source software that will enable children with limited access to schooling teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic.
WFP’s Refugee Operation is facing a funding shortfall of USD 9.6 million between September and December 2016. A reduction in the rations distributed may begin as early as October if funding is not available.
By: William Spindler
The number of people fleeing violence, threats, extrajudicial killings, abduction, torture and persecution in Burundi has passed the 300,000 mark some 18 months after the political crisis in the central African nation erupted in April last year.
- A joint (Government, UN and NGO) needs assessment is ongoing in five districts.
- ~16,600 buildings are reported destroyed or severely damaged
- Urgent need for temporary shelter is reported.
As of 1 September 2016
Total Burundian population of concern
Total Burundian population post influx
Total Burundian population in Nyarugusu Camp (Pre-Influx + Influx)
Total population in Nduta Camp
Total population in Mtendeli Camp
Total population in Lumasi Transit Site
Refugee influxes per day have increased over the past two months from a daily average of less than 100 to as high as 400 per day during peak days over the last half of August.
School WASH interventions have accelerated with the decommissioning of full latrines in schools and construction of new latrines benefiting over 6,000 school children.
News of a cholera outbreak in Burundi has stepped up surveillance and prevention measures in the camps and at border points.
An earthquake with magnitude 5,9 and a depth of 40 km hit the border area between Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda on 10th September.
17 persons reported dead, 253 injured and 53 still hospitalized.
840 buildings destroyed and up to 5,000 houses damaged.
No request for assistance received but Government appreciates support provided.
A severe earthquake with magnitude of 5.9 on the Richter scale hit the North-West Tanzania on the 10th of September 2016 at 15:27 local time. The epicentre was located in close proximity to the border town of Nsunga on the Lake Victoria and nearby Bukoba municipality, a major town and the regional centre for the Kagera region. Less than 72 hours from the quake, 17 persons were reported dead and 170 hospitalized.
The new Minister of Home Affairs, Honorable Mwigulu Nchemba, visited Kigoma region from 9 to 10 August 2016 to familiarize with the refugee operation in all three refugee camps, i.e. Nyaragusu, Nduta and Mtendeli. During the mission, the Minister met with refugee leaders and visited various activities implemented by the humanitarian agencies in the camps.
Three out of every four children in Tanzania experience poverty, according to the report Child Poverty in Tanzania which was launched 11 August 2016 by the Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning, the Hon. Dr. Ashatu Kijaji, at the Mwalimu Nyerere International Conference Centre in Dar es Salaam.
- The United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP) II was officially launched on 24 June in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
WFP Tanzania assists half a million people in chronically food insecure regions through its Market Access, Food for Assets, Nutrition, School Meals and Refugee support activities.