Joint Damage and Needs Assessment Report On Earthquake, Kagera Region



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.

This was a follow up of the intention expressed by the Resident Coordinator for the UN Agencies readiness to be part of the assessment team during the fund raising event led by the Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania on 13 September, 2016 in Dar es Salaam.

A request for assistance was sent to the United Nation Resident Coordinator by the Government on 15 September, 2016 covering the following:

i. Participation of UN Agencies and deployment of UNDAC Team for Damage and Need Assessment and strengthen of coordination mechanism;

ii. Provision of food, non-food items, shelter and medical services; and iii. Assist in long term recovery and rehabilitation in build back better.

This assessment was carried out by a joint team composed of representatives of the Government, UN agencies, UNDAC Team and members of the Local and International Organisations, under the coordination of the Prime Minister’s Office – Disaster Management Department. The draft assessment report was presented to the Kagera Region Disaster Management Committee on 26 September, 2016. The Committee got the opportunity to discuss key findings and shared their views which were considered in the final report.

As a joint report Brig. Gen. MA Msuya, Director Disaster – Management Department and Mrs. Hanane Babikir, Assessment Leader UN Assessment Leader agreed with the content herein.

Set up of an Emergence Operation and Coordination Centers at the Regional Commissioner’s Office with members from Disaster Management Department and the Regional Administrative Secretariat Office serve a key role in assisting various data and information to the assessment team. This coordination mechanism helps to easier the coordination among partners involved in response to avoid duplication of efforts.