Tanzania: Floods; MDRTZ005; DREF Bulletin


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In Brief

This DREF Bulletin is being issued based on the situation described below reflecting the information available at this time. CHF 43,000 (USD 35,002 or EUR 27,301) has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to respond to the needs in this operation. This operation is expected to be implemented over 3 months, and will be completed by 11 March, 2007; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

This operation is 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 current situation

In October 2006, heavy down pours, accompanied by strong winds, were experienced in the Kigoma Region of western Tanzania resulting in flooding. A total of 28 people were injured and admitted at the government regional hospital while several others got minor bruises. Approximately 500 households were left homeless after their houses and property of unknown value was destroyed. A school and a church were among institutions that were affected following the heavy rains. The two most affected suburbs in Kigoma Urban District were Kibirizi and Burarangabo, situated some five kilometres from Kigoma town with a population of about 15,000 people (approximately 2,000 households). Other areas reported to be affected by the floods include the Lake Victoria basin and the lower land areas in Moshi-Kilimanjaro Region.

Several parts of the country, including Lake Victoria basin, western Tanzania, south western highlands and north eastern Tanzania have been receiving heavy rains. According to meteorological forecasts, the rains are expected to continue up to the end of the year, increasing the likelihood of more damage on people and their property. In early November, floods occurred in Tanga, resulting to one death and leaving more than 50 families homeless. The floods also destroyed crop fields and rendered some villages inaccessible. The flooded villages made it impossible for children to go to school. Five houses, two churches and one mosque were also completely destroyed by the floods.

Map: Tanzania: Floods - Situation map

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Tanzania: Adam Alhaj 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 +254 20 283.51.24; Fax +

In Kenya: Charles Godfrey Byamugisha, 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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