Tanzania: Floods DREF Bulletin No. 05ME025 Final Report

Situation Report
Originally published


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In Brief

Period covered by this Final Report: 10 May to 12 August 2005. History of this Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF)-funded operation:

- CHF 80,000 was allocated from the Federations DREF on 10 May 2005 to respond to the needs of this operation. Refer to the DREF Bulletin for more information. An additional CHF 30,000 was allocated in support of the operation.

- DREF Bulletin Update no. 1 was issued on 12 May 2006.

- An Interim Final Report was issued on 27 September 2005.

This operation was aligned with the International Federation's Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".

Global Agenda Goals:

- Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

- Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.

- Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

- Reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion and promote respect for diversity and human dignity.

Background and Summary

The island of Zanzibar, off the mainland Tanzania experienced very heavy rainfall in April 2005 in what was considered to have been the worst downpour in 40 years. This unprecedented rainfall, which lasted 36 hours and measured 149+ millimetres, 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 were destroyed and one person was killed as a result of the subsequent flooding.

The Zanzibar branch of the Tanzania Red Cross Society 1 effectively participated in the initial government assessment as well as the regional disaster response team (RDRT) assessment coordinated by the Federation's regional delegation in Nairobi. The assessments sought to determine the requirements for a possible health, water and sanitation, and relief operation. Subsequently, the Federation allocated CHF 110,000 from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to the Tanzania Red Cross Society to support its relief operation.

The national society was able to provide non-food relief items as well as water treatment chemicals to floodaffected communities, to train volunteers in disaster preparedness and response, conduct community awareness and sensitization campaigns, and hygiene education campaigns.

Goal: To provide non-food relief items to flood-affected communities and contribute to reducing morbidity linked to poor sanitation and lack of access to clear water.

Objective 1: To provide bed nets, cooking utensils and blankets to 1,000 families (approximately 6,000 beneficiaries).

Objective 2: To prevent morbidity and reduce vulnerability from water-related diseases and poor environmental sanitation.

All activities for this operation were completed by 12 August 2005 and an Interim Final Report was issued on 27 September 2005. The Interim Final Report stipulated that a Final Report would be issued once all financial bookings were completed. This Final Report is being issued to announce that all expenditures have been booked and the project is now closed.

For details on activities implemented, challenges met and lessons learned, please refer to the Interim Final Report available on the Federation's website at page: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/05/05ME025ifr.pdf.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Tanzania: Adam Kimbisa, Secretary General, Tanzania Red Cross National Society, Dar Es Salaam; Email: redcrosstz.sg@raha.com; Phone +; Fax +

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

In Kenya: Per Jensnäs, Federation Head of Eastern Africa Regional Delegation, Nairobi; Email: per.jensnaes@ifrc.org; Phone +; Fax +

In Kenya: Youcef Ait Chellouche, Acting Disaster Management Coordinator, Nairobi; Email: charlesgodfrey.byamugisha@ifrc.org; Phone +; Fax +

In Geneva: Amna Al Ahmar, Federation Regional Officer for Eastern Africa, Africa Dept.; Email: amna.alahmar@ifrc.org; Phone +41.22.730.44.27; 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.

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