Heavy rain and flooding on 3 March has affected up to 5,000 people in three villages in Kahama district, in Shinyanga region in Northwest Tanzania. This includes 3,500 displaced. At least 47 people have been killed and 112 injured, most of them children. 634 houses have been partially or entirely damaged, leaving hundreds of people homeless. The storm caused damage to, and loss of, personal belongings and crops, in a region where more than 80% of the population lives in rural areas and on agricultural revenues.
Drip irrigation systems, introduced to help with worsening drought, are restoring harvests, building resilience to erratic weather, and saving time.
HAI, TANZANIA — Peter Chuwa has long flooded his paddy field using a canal that draws water from the river. These days, however, water is scarcer and growing rice this way is proving hard to sustain.
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Korea Environmental Industry Association (KEIA) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the project to construct water supply in Tanzania on March 13 in Kisarawe District, Coast Province near Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with an aim to provide clean and safe drinking water to local residents.
The ceremony was joined by Mr. Ahn Sechang, environment attaché in Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Kenya, Mr. Yoon Woong-ro, vice-chairman of KEIA, governor of Kisarawe District, Director General of Water and Irrigation of Tanzania, local congressmen and 150 residents.
Tanzania - Severe Weather (WMO, NOAA, Local Media)
- Heavy rainfall has been affecting eastern Tanzania over the last five days, with 54mm recorded in the city of Zanzibar in 24h over 22-23 March.
- As of 23 March, five people have died in the region of the capital Dar Es Salaam, while hundreds have been reportedly left homeless due to floods, according to local authorities quoted in media.
- Over the next 24h, heavy rainfall is forecast to continue over eastern Tanzania.
By Hazla Quire
As the National Water Week kicks off, it is a fact that practically all taps in many parts of Arusha City have run dry some for the last four months leaving thousands of residents in desperation.
Already people have been demonstrating in Arusha City streets against the lack of water as well as the fact that, despite the taps being dry, water authorities continue to bill them with invoices of staggering monthly charges.
19 March 2015, Dar-es-Salaam – To bring urgently needed assistance to the victims of the hail storms that hit Shinyanga region earlier this month, the European Commission is providing humanitarian funding through Tanzania Red Cross Society.
Up to 5,000 people were affected by the storms, 3,500 of whom have been uprooted from their damaged or destroyed houses. Strong winds ripped off roofs, killing 47 people and injuring 112, the majority of whom were children.
Political and economic relations and Irish Aid projects focus of visit
The Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North-South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, will visit Tanzania from March 17th to 20th to deepen Ireland’s relations with Tanzania as well as viewing a number of Irish Aid supported projects.
Minister Sherlock will meet key government Ministers to discuss Irish-Tanzanian relations and will have a chance to meet with the small but vibrant Irish community in Dar es Salaam and Arusha during St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Hailstorms, strong winds and heavy rainfall hit three villages in the vicinity of Kahama, killing 47 people. According to the Tanzanian Red Cross Society, up to 5,000 people have been affected, including 3,500 people who were displaced after the storms damaged or destroyed 634 houses.
Description of the disaster
On 3 March 2015 at 2300hrs, hail storms accompanied by strong winds and heavy rainfall hit the villages of Mwakata, Magung’unhwa and Nhumbi in Msalala district, Shinyanga region. The villages are located 20 kilometers from Kahama town, 75 kilometers from Shinyanga town and 1,000 kilometers North-West of Dar es Salaam.
The government Thursday sent emergency humanitarian relief supplies to over 900 flood victims in Kahama district, in Shinyanga region, northwest Tanzania, who were affected by Tuesday night’s storm that killed 42 people and left 91 others injured.
The government swung into action as the humanitarian crisis built up at Mwakata village, the epicentre of the deadly storm that saw more than 160 houses collapse, living families without shelter or food.
This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation. Tanzania Red Cross Society will however, accept direct assistance to provide support to the affected population.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | | Wednesday 3/4/2015 - 16:30 GMT
At least 50 people died and dozens were hurt in heavy rains and floods in Tanzania's northwest, a senior official said Wednesday.
Torrential rains, hail and high winds hit Kahama district in Shinyanga region late on Tuesday, injuring at least 82 people.
"At least 50 people are now confirmed dead," Shinyanga's regional commissioner, Ally Rufunga, told AFP.
By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI, TEA Special Correspondent
Maize is the main staple crop in Tanzania. Rice and beans are also very important, the latter constituting the main source of protein for most low- and middleincome households. Dar es Salaam is the main consumer market in the country. Arusha is another important market and is linked with Kenya in the north.
Dodoma represents the central region of the country, a semi-arid, deficit area. Mtwara sits in a south coastal deficit area while Songea and Mbeya represent the southern highlands. Tanga is also a coastal town in the north, with trade connections with Kenya.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Harvesting of 2014/15 “vuli” season crops is underway in bi-modal rainfall areas
Maize production is expected at below-average levels due to significant reduction in planted area in response to frequent poor weather in several previous “vuli” seasons
Favourable outlook for the 2015 “msimu” season crops in uni-modal rainfall areas
Still at low levels, maize prices started to increase in major markets in uni-modal rainfall areas as lean season deepens
Feed the Future | Newsletter
For the first time, thousands of smallholder farmers in Tanzania are producing and selling high-quality avocados to large markets throughout Europe. This would not be possible without the help of two fast-growing local private sector companies: Africado in West Kilimanjaro and Rungwe Avocado Company in Mbeya Region. Both companies, established within the past five years, have been supported by Feed the Future through the Tanzania Agriculture Productivity Program.
Maize is the main staple crop in Tanzania. Rice and beans are also very important, the latter constituting the main source of protein for most low- and middleincome households. Dar es Salaam is the main consumer market in the country. Arusha is another important market and is linked with Kenya in the north. Dodoma represents the central region of the country, a semi-arid, deficit area. Mtwara sits in a south coastal deficit area while Songea and Mbeya represent the southern highlands. Tanga is also a coastal town in the north, with trade connections with Kenya.
Armyworms infesting parts of Dodoma and Singida
Many farmers across bimodal and unmoral areas have substituted planting sunflower and beans for maize this year. Staple food prices remain well below the five-year average, but are expected to begin increasing by April. Household food security will remain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) through March in most parts of the country.
January 29, 2015
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Long-term food security requires commitment and robust cooperation between the public and private sector. In Tanzania, that cooperation is becoming more comprehensive as the government and a coalition of private rice producers learn to work together to strengthen the country’s rice industry.