Tanzania

Floods: DREF operation n° MDRTZ013

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GLIDE n° FL-2011-000200-TZA

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency response. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation’s disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.

CHF 203,042 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Tanzania Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 4,000 families. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Heavy downpours which started on 20 December 2011 have flooded Dar es Salaam City, causing 20 deaths. Over 200 people are injured and approximately 10,000 people (2,000 families) are displaced to evacuation centres. The total number of affected people is estimated at above 50,000 (10,000 families).

The Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) is responding with support from IFRC. TRCS will support people displaced to evacuation centres with first aid and relief in the form of NFIs, including blankets mattresses (2 per family), food, water containers, kitchen sets and soap, as well as mosquito nets (2 per family) targeting 1,000 households. WATSAN activities will target 3,000 households that remain in the flooded areas, and 300 of these will also receive emergency shelter assistance.

This operation is expected to be implemented over 3 months, and will therefore be completed by end of March 2012; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by the end of June 2012).