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Latest info on flooding in Dar Es Salaam

Dar Es Salaam, April 15, 2014; The Tanzania's business capital has again been hit by disaster following heavy downpour that has left tens of thousands of residents severely affected. This is an addition to several areas in the country that have been affected by the ongoing heavy rains in the country.

Over 400 households equivalent to over 2,000 individuals have displaced following the floods where several of these have suffered varied degrees of damage while others have been rendered completely inhabitable after being submerged under flood water.

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17 April 2014: Tanzania – Severe Weather


• Heavy rainfall affected the eastern coasts of Tanzania in the past week, causing floods and casualties. As can be seen in the inset map, between 1 and 15 April the region of Dar-es-Salaam (largest city in the country, pop. 4.3 million) received more than 3 times the usual amount for this period. Rains were heaviest on 9-13 April.

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Tanzania localized floods April 2014 Office of the Resident Coordinator Situation Report No. 1 (as of 15 April 2014)

There were 19 casualties as of 14 April following widespread damage and destruction in Dar es Salaam. The UN has not received a request for assistance from the Government yet.

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More Than 40 Feared Dead After Dar Floods


SOME 41 people are feared dead as a result of floods caused by downpour that hit Dar es Salaam for about three days over the weekend, according to Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner (RC) Saidi Meck Sadiki.

Mr Sadiki, who by virtue of his position is the Chairman of the Regional Defence and Security Committee, noted, however, that so far 25 people have been confirmed by police to have died as a result of the floods.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook April 17 – April 23, 2014

  • Significantly heavy amounts of rainfall are expected to worsen flooding conditions across eastern Tanzania.

1) Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. As seasonal rains are expected to decline this month, these long-term moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact crop and pastoral conditions for many areas.

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Estimated Rainfall Accumulation from 9th to 13 April 2014 over United Republic of Tanzania (as of 15 April 2014)


This map presents the estimated total rainfall accumulation for the United Republic of Tanzania covering the period 9 to 13 April 2014. This total estimate was derived from the Tropical Rainfall Monitoring Mission (TRMM) precipitation dataset at a spatial resolution of approximately 0.25 degrees for this region. It is possible that precipitation levels may have been underestimated for local areas, and is not a substitute for ground station measurements. Rainfall Data: TRMM Resolution : 0.25 deg Date Series: 9 - 13 April 2014 Credit: NASA Road Data : Google Map Maker / OSM / ESRI

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At least 10 dead in Dar es Salaam flooding

04/13/2014 14:40 GMT

DAR ES SALAAM, April 13, 2014 (AFP) - At least 10 people have died in heavy floods in Tanzania's commercial capital of Dar es Salaam, officials said Sunday.

The city's regional commissioner, Said Mecky Sadick, said the toll may rise with roads damaged and several bridges swept away.

"The victims drowned in different parts of the city. The heavy rains and floods caused massive destruction of roads, bridges and drainage systems," he told AFP.

Agence France-Presse:

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Rainfall causes disaster, families displaced

Kagera April.2014: As the country continue to experience heavy downpour in different regions, the village of Bulembo, Ibunga in Muleba district of Kagera region befell a victim of the thunders and hackers of the day.

A seven hour downpour accompanied by thunderstorms on March 28, 2014, from dawn to midday experienced almost countrywide left 124 families without shelter, 669 families completely with no food crops and infrastructure like schools damaged. Other losses incurred include destruction of farm crops like bananas and other crops.

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Community-Based Conditional Cash Transfers in Tanzania : Results from a Randomized Trial

World Bank

Given the success of conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs elsewhere, in 2010 the Government of Tanzania rolled out a pilot CCT program in three districts. Its aim was to see if, using a model relying on communities to target beneficiaries and deliver payments, the program could improve outcomes for the poor the way centrally-run CCT programs have in other contexts. The program provided cash payments to poor households, but conditioned payments on complying with certain health and education requirements.

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Congolese refugee triumphs over bizarre persecution to inspire refugee women

NYARUGUSU REFUGEE CAMP, Tanzania, April 3 (UNHCR) – Inside a dark youth centre in the heart of Nyarugusu Refugee Camp, a tall, slim woman rises proudly from her plastic chair and introduces herself. "My name is Mwavita Mlasi," she says loudly in English, "And I am the camp Vice President."

The other women's faces break into smiles as they applaud and cheer on their friend and fellow leader. The two phrases are some of the only English Mwavita knows, but she executes them with precision and conviction.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook April 3 – April 9, 2014

  • The continued suppression of rainfall suggests an early cessation of the monsoon over parts of southern Africa.
  • Increased rains observed over the Afar and highland regions of Ethiopia during late March.

1) Heavy and above-average rains over the past few weeks have increased rainfall surpluses and resulted in flooding across the Omusati region along the Angola-Namibian border. The inundation has led to the closure of several schools in the area. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast to continue during the next week.

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The Day I Performed At Nyaragusu Refugee Camp In Tanzania

Earlier this year, musician Jerry Julian performed a concert in Nyaragusu refugee camp, Tanzania. WFP organised the event to highlight the support given to the refugees by the European Commision for Humanitarian Affairs (ECHO). Jerry has the story...

In 2008, I had a life-changing experience when I played music at Beldangi camp in Nepal which held more than 100,000 refugees from neighbouring Bhutan. The concert was organised by WFP and UNHCR to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and it was my first ever time to perform for refugees.

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'Green Jobs' Bring Resiliency and Reward to Coastal Tanzania

Sustainable livelihoods help to build resilient households

The capital I got has improved my livelihood to the extent that I am now able to upkeep my family.”

“Green jobs” is a phrase that can be used to build wealth, win votes or influence agendas. In the developing world, such jobs can be a path out of poverty.

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School Vegetable Gardens For Healthier Children In Tanzania

A WFP school gardening project ensures that children are provided with nutritious and healthy meals which help them stay fit and focused in school.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in collaboration with Childreach Tanzania has been supporting 10 schools to set up vegetable gardens in northern Tanzania. The Maasai people are traditionally cattle herders but these Massai children are showing they have green fingers and can really make their garden grow.

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How equal rights boost food security


KILIMANJARO, 14 March 2014 (IRIN) - Eliminating the gender gap in agriculture is widely seen as crucial to alleviating poverty and improving food security, and the effects of inequality are likely to be further compounded by climate change.

“For global development to be sustainable, the issues of climate change, gender equality and food security must all go hand-in-hand,” said Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and head of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, told a recent meeting of experts in Rome convened to mark International Women’s day.


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Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Water brings life back to Mbuguni village

Arusha Times

By Francine L. Musana

Water is life. That is why World Serve, Kili Climb, Siouxland Tanzania Educational Medical Ministries (STEMM), and Maji Tech worked together to dig a well at the STEMM children’s home in Mbuguni. This well will provide adequate water for the residents who previously walked for hours to look for water and other needs.

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Lessons in Brief No. 9: Continuous LLIN Distribution - Piloting School Net Distribution in Mainland Tanzania

In 2013, Tanzania piloted a large-scale school distribution of LLINs to children in grades 1, 3, 5, 7 of primary school, and grades 2 and 4 of secondary school. From June to July 437,930 nets were delivered in three regions, through 2,302 schools. The pilot found that it is feasible to rapidly and equitably distribute large number of nets through the School Net Program to the community, and that school teachers play a pivotal role in mobilizing and organizing students during the issuing process.


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Tanzania opens up more grazing land to drought-hit herders


Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 7 Mar 2014 10:15 AM
Author: Kizito Makoye

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tanzania’s government is planning to open up special grazing areas for nomadic herders to give them better access to water and pastures, as part of a policy to prevent recurring conflicts between farmers and pastoralists.

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Want to empower women in agriculture? Use technology

Posted by Giselle Aris, Senior Technical Advisor for Enterprise Development, Technology and Gender, Land O’Lakes International Development on Thursday, March 6th 2014

It’s very difficult to effectively manage responsibilities if you have neither the authority over nor access to the required skills, networks, resources, or decision-making power needed to complete critical tasks. Yet, that is the situation women in Tanzania’s agricultural sector face.

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Red Cross gives more relief to floods victims

Tanzania Red Cross continues to lead in the humanitarian services sector in the country

It has just completed constructing 400 temporary shelters, 100 pit latrines and kitchen halls for over 2000 people displaced by floods in Kilosa district Morogoro Region in the month of January.

The affected wards of Matete and Magoli were the most areas affected by floods in January owing to heavy downpour in the neighbouring districts.