A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Dodoma Municipality and Bahi district in Dodoma region experienced significant flooding as a result of heavy rain accompanied by high speed winds on 17 to 18 January 2016. Rapid assessment carried out by the Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) branch in Dodoma indicated that there were at least 300 displaced families (1,500 people) in both the Dodoma Municipality and Bahi district, who needed urgent humanitarian assistance.
On 31 January 2016, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) released CHF 111,642 from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the TRCS respond to the immediate needs of 300 families (1,500 people) affected by flooding in Dodoma Municipality and Bahi district with support in shelter, water and sanitation and non-food items (NFIs), reaching some 1,072 families (5,450 people – of which the 300 families are included) in Dodoma region, for a period of four months, specifically in the areas of first aid and hygiene promotion.
From 10 to 15 February 2016, Rufiji district in the Coast region experienced further rains and flooding. According to the assessment data collected by the Rufiji District Authority about 11,137 families (53,446 people) were affected by the floods, which affected 15 wards. Houses were submerged in flood waters, leaving over 3,000 people displaced. Because of this evolving situation, on 8 March 2016, the IFRC released an additional CHF 116,629 from the DREF to expand the planned activities to support an additional 610 families (3,050 people) in the Rufiji district, Coast region and extend the time frame by two weeks (until 30 April 2016).
An IFRC and TRCS monitoring mission was conducted on 9 May 2016, to provide verification that the activities planned in Rufiji district remained relevant and appropriate to the needs of the population and the mandate of the DREF tool.
The findings of the monitoring visit indicated that the situation in Rufiji remained the same. The affected population still required the services as per the initial assessment conducted. The major donors and partners of the DREF include the Red Cross Societies and governments of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the USA, as well as DG ECHO, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) the Medtronic and Zurich Foundations and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the Red Cross Society of Tanzania would like to extend many thanks to all partners for their generous contributions.
Summary of response
Overview of Host National Society
On 31 January 2016, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) released CHF 111,642 from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) respond to the immediate needs of 1,072 families (5,450 people including those reached through first aid) affected by flooding in Dodoma Municipality and Bahi District.
On 8 March 2016, the IFRC released an additional CHF 116,629 from the DREF to expand the planned activities to support an additional 610 families (3,050 people) in Rufiji district, Coast region. This increased the total DREF allocation to a total of CHF 228,271 to support the TRCS in delivering assistance to some 8,500 beneficiaries affected by floods in Dodoma and Rufiji, including conducting detailed assessment of the affected population, procuring and distributing non-food items.
The procurement and distribution of non-food items (NFIs) included: 2,730 blankets (three per household), 1,820 water buckets (two per household), 910 kitchen sets (one per household), 600 mattresses (two per household for Dodoma only) and 2,730 mosquito nets (three per household).
Following the release of the additional allocation, a delay was experienced in the transfer of funds from the IFRC to the TRCS, which had implications for the local procurement of NFIs. There were also disruptions in the international procurement of NFIs due to change in customs procedures following the inauguration of a new government in Tanzania. Thus, delays were experienced in the implementation of the planned activities in Dodoma and Rufiji districts, leading to another request for extension of the operation time frame by four weeks to enable the completion of the planned activities. The operation ended on 30 June 2016.