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Tanzania Floods Affect 25,000 People

Posted by feww on January 7, 2010

Tanzania: Days of torrential rain have triggered floods, displacing thousands

Up to 25,000 people have been affected after days of torrential rain which flooded Morogoro and Dodoma, Tanzania, International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reported.

About 25,000 people affected, so far, with more than a thousand people displaced and at least 10 reported killed, most of whom were swept away by raging waters.

UN Map of Tanzania. Click image to enlarge.

“Around 2,000 homes in Kilosa were engulfed by the rising waters and more than half of these were completely destroyed.” IFRC said.

“Some 23 camps each housing up to 100 families have been established across the region to secure safe ground for the displaced families. Many schools have been converted to serve as evacuation centers for the homeless but, with the new term approaching, it is not yet clear where these people will go next.

“The damage to infrastructure has been immense. Roads and connecting bridges have been swept away, and parts of the country’s railway line left impassable hampering the country’s transportation system.

“The waters have submerged acres of crops and pasture lands and flooded many wells that serve as the main water source for communities. As a result, some health centres are already reporting cases of cholera and acute watery diarrhea.” IFRC added

Red Cross disaster management coordinator said: “The biggest problem we need to address is shelter.

“We found hundreds of families huddled together in an open field, stranded and cold. We face an enormous task of meeting their needs, being the first agency on the ground and with the local authorities largely dependent on our response efforts.

“The situation is getting worse and, with more regions such as Shinyanga added to those devastated by the storms, a lot remains to be done,” he added.

“The El Niño rains are not only wrecking havoc in Tanzania but its impact is also being felt in neighbouring Kenya,” said Brennan Banks, IFRC’s disaster operations manager.

“The heavy showers are expected to continue through the whole of next month according to meteorological reports.”

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