How govt reacted on Hanang’s disaster

MANYARA, Hanang: The government will continue pitching camp in Hanang District in responding to humanitarian needs in the wake of the deadly mudslide that claimed 49 lives at the weekend.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa who arrived in Katesh in country’s north today  said the government will continue working round the clock to ensure normalcy returns in the area.

Already, the government had ordered coffins from Babati and Singida and is expected to care of care of the funeral expenses, according to the Premier.

“This is an emergency situation that requires the government’s presence throughout”, the PM asserted.

According to Mr Majaliwa, the areas that have been worst hit by the calamity will be secured to ensure that survivors are able to recover their personal effects.

The PM disclosed that a team of military officers from the Tanzania Military Academy (TMA) in Monduli, had been deployed to the area, aboard two military helicopters to help with rescue efforts.

“Mineral experts are also on the ground to ascertain what really happened and led to the devastation”, he said.
The Premier likened the incident that happened in Ndanda in Mtwara region, in the early 1990s.

Similarly, the government, through the Health Ministry, has dispatched orthopedic surgeons and health experts who would respond to waterborne diseases, following the weekend mudslide.

Also present in Katesh township are Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) experts who will restore communication between Arusha, Manyara and Singida regions.



Experts from the government agency are also expected to clear roads pathways that have been engulfed in mud.

As Katesh comes to terms with the weekend catastrophe, many roads in the area continue to be blocked by mud, water and dislodged trees and stones.

Livestock had also reportedly been swept away, following the deluge.

After experiencing an unprecedented drought, east Africa has been hit by weeks of torrential rain and flooding.

The downpours have displaced more than 1 million people in Somalia and left hundreds dead.

In May, torrential rains caused devastating floods and landslides in Rwanda that killed at least 130 people.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa

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