Tanzania: Flooding in Zanzibar Minor Emergency Interim Final Report

Situation Report
Originally published


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In Brief

Minor Emergency history:

Launched on 12 May 2005 for 3 months to assist 6,000 beneficiaries.

Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 110,000.


The Tanzanian island of Zanzibar experienced very heavy rainfall in April 2005 in what is considered to have been the worst downpour in 40 years. This unprecedented rainfall, which lasted 36 hours and measured 149+ millimeters, took place between 15 and 17 April 2005. According to a government assessment report which was released following these rains, 10,000 households lost their homes, over a 10,000 others and property was destroyed and one person was killed as a result of the subsequent flooding.

For information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Tanzania: Adam Kimbisa, Secretary General, Tanzania Red Cross National Society, Dar-es-Salaam; Email: logistics@raha.com; Phone +; Fax +

In Kenya: Esther Okwanga, Federation Head of East Africa Sub-regional Office, Nairobi; Email: Ifrcke42@ifrc.org; Phone +; Fax +

In Kenya: Steve Penny, Disaster Management Coordinator, East Africa Regional Delegation, Nairobi; Email: ifrcke78@ifrc.org; Phone +; Fax +

In Geneva: Amna al Ahmar, Federation Regional Officer for East Africa, Africa Department; Email: amna.alahmar@ifrc.org; Phone + 41.22.730.98.41; Fax +41.22.733.03.95

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) in Disaster Relief and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.

For longer-term programmes in this or other countries or regions, please refer to the Federation's Annual Appeal. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for national society profiles, please also access the Federation's website at http://www.ifrc.org Note: The flooding in Zanzibar was initially reported on via Information Bulletin no. 1 dated 22 April 2005 - http://www.ifrc.org/cgi/pdf_appeals.pl?rpts05/tz050422.pdf.

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