This Operations Update requests an extension of timeframe of six weeks (New end date: 30 April 2016); and an additional allocation of CHF 116,629 to expand the activities planned into the Rujifi district, Coast region, which has been affected by floods. An additional 610 families (3,050 people) will be reached through the DREF operation, bringing the overall total of people assisted to 8,500.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
From 17 – 18 January 2016, the Dodoma Municipality of Tanzania and Bahi district in Dodoma Region experienced significant flooding as a result of heavy rain accompanied by high speed winds. According to initial assessment carried out by the Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) branch in Dodoma, there are at least 300 displaced families (1,500 people) in both the Dodoma Municipality and Bahi district who are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. On 18 January 2015, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) released 111,642 Swiss franc from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Tanzania Red Cross Society (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 and settlements, water and sanitation and non-food items (NFIs), while reaching the overall community of 1,072 families (5,450 people – of which the 300 families included) in Dodoma Region, for a period of 2 months, specifically in the areas of first aid and hygiene promotion.
From 10 – 15 February 2016, the Rufiji district in Coast region experienced further rains and flooding. Fifteen wards in Rufiji district were affected by the floods, specifically Chemichemi, Chumbi, Ikwiriri, Kiongoloni, Kipugira, Maparoni, Mgomba, Mkongo, Msala, Mtunda, Mwaseni, Muhoro, Ngorongo, Umwe and Utete. According to the assessment data collected by the Rufiji district authority, an estimated of 11,137 families (53,446 people) were affected. Houses were submerged in flood waters and others were completely damaged leaving over 3,000 people displaced in 11 of the wards Chemichemi (87), Chumbi (10), Ikwiriri (42), Kipugira (25), Mtunda (150), Mgomba (25), Mwaseni (15), Ngorongo (12), Mkongo (60), Umwe (100) and Utete (84)), and in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, particularly for non-food items (NFIs).
This Operations Update is requesting an extension to the timeframe of the operation by 6 weeks (New end date: 30 April 2016) and an additional allocation of 116,629 Swiss franc (Total allocation: CHF 228,271) to enable the expansion of activities planned to meet the needs of an additional 610 families (3,050). Costs incurred in the initial response (from 17 February 2016) will also be replenished. The DREF operation will end on 30 April 2016, and a final report will be made available on 31 July 2016 (3 months after the end of the DREF operation).
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 Democratic Republic of Tanzania would like to extend many thanks to all partners for their generous contributions.
Please refer to the original Emergency Plan of Action for information on the DREF operation, including on the operational strategy and plan, and operational support needs, which all remain unchanged.