Tanzania: Floods Emergency appeal n° MDRTZ010 - Operations update No. 1

Situation Report
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Period covered by this Operations Update: 5 to 31 January 2010;

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,690,159 (USD 1,625,152 or EUR 1,141,999);

Appeal coverage: 3%;

Appeal history:

- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 20 January 2010 for CHF 1,690,159 (USD 1,625,152 or EUR 1,141,999) for 4 months to assist 23,000 beneficiaries.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 326,078 (USD 313,536 or EUR 220,322) was initially allocated from the Federation's DREF to support the National Society to respond. The Canadian Government through the Canada Red Cross contributed CHF 49,800 for DREF replenishment.

Summary: After three weeks of above normal rainfall attributed to the current El Nino weather pattern, parts of Tanzania have experienced severe floods that have resulted in up to 50,000 persons affected. In the most affected regions of Morogoro and Dodoma nearly 28,000 people have been forced to vacate their homes with over 10,000 homeless. Entire water and sanitation (WatSan) systems have been destroyed leaving communities without access to safe water and proper sanitation. Continued rains in some areas are worsening the situation and leaving tens of thousands of people extremely vulnerable.