Tanzania: Floods - Jan 2020Ongoing
On 27 January, heavy rainfall occurred in Kilwa, Liwale and Ruangwa districts in Lindi region in south-eastern Tanzania. This resulted in flash floods that have led to fatalities and major damage. The latest update from the local government, shared on 28 January, reported more than 18,000 people affected, 13 deaths, 5 people missing, 1,746 houses completely destroyed, and 1,074 latrines collapsed...The flash floods have caused major damage to local infrastructure, livelihoods and personal properties. Schools, roads and bridges have been destroyed as well as 495 acres of farmland. Some of the areas are only accessible by boat...At this point of time the Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) is fully relying on a local government source for its data. One National Disaster Response Team (NDRT) member; 1 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) staff person; and 1 health staff person are currently on their way to the affected area to support the local branch with initial response and rapid assessment. TRCS is confronted with floods in various parts of the country. On 27 January, Dodoma, Iringa and Songwe have also been affected by flash floods, with respectively 900 and 500 people affected. Therefore, the DM team at headquarters is overstretched and has requested additional surge support to support the local branch and NDRT with the rapid assessment, as well as the development of the full operational strategy. (IFRC, 29 Jan 2020)
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- OCHA: Greater Horn of Africa Region: Humanitarian Snapshot (February 2020). 19 Feb 2020
- FEWS NET: Global Weather Hazards Summary: February 14 - 20, 2020. 13 Feb 2020
- FEWS NET: Global Weather Hazards Summary: February 7 - 13, 2020. 7 Feb 2020
- FEWS NET: Food Security Early Warning System - Agromet Update, Issue 3: 2019/2020 Agricultural Season (01-02-2020). 3 Feb 2020
- ACT Alliance: ACT Alliance Alert: Flood Emergency - 12 February 2020. 13 Feb 2020
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During the night of Sunday 26 January 2020, the district of Kilwa in Lindi region, Tanzania was hit by floods caused by heavy rainfalls which continued for three days from 23rd to 25th January 2020. These floods affected 13 villages of Kilwa district namely Njinjo , Kipindimbi, Kisimamkika, Mitole, Kikole, Ruhatwe, Mavuji, Mchakama, Nakiu, Nakangaga, Nanjirinji B, Kiranjeranje and Likawage. Njinjo village is the most badly affected as compared to other villages. More than 4,500 people and livestock have been displaced with 3,000 currently living in school buildings.
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According to media reports, 13 people died in the southern District of Kilwa (Lindi Region) and at least 15,000 have been displaced, 8,000 of whom are currently sheltered in evacuation centres. 3 people died in Tungamalenga village, Iringa and several houses were destroyed. Flood waters extensively damaged farmland and killed livestock across 16 villages of Kilwa.
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