MANYARA: THE Lions Club International has provided humanitarian aid to mudslide victims in Hanang District, Manyara Region.
The mudflow, which occurred on December 3 of this year in Katesh township injured 139 people and caused 89 deaths, destruction of houses and infrastructure, thus affecting socioeconomic activities in the area.
The donated items by the Lions Club of Arusha City (D411-C) included foodstuffs, medicines, sanitary wares, soaps and bedding materials which were officially presented to the Hanang District Commissioner Janeth Mayanja, by the Second vice District Governor of the Lions Club, Manish Chavda.
The donations were delivered at Katesh Primary School where most of the humanitarian aid are being received by the government and being distributed to the victims.
“On behalf of President Samia Suluhu Hassan and the government, I would like to convey heartfelt gratitude to the Lions Club International for the support,” said DC Mayanja.
She added that the landslide victims are still in dire need of more assistance especially at the moment where the schools are going to reopen while the survivors are still taking shelter in school buildings.
“The Lion Club is always ready to assist should we be required to do so,” said the Second Vice District Governor, Manish Chavda, who also promised to organize free health services, especially eye camps for the residents of Katesh Township in the course of 2024.
The Second District Governor also took time to visit some of the affected villages at the foot of Mount Hanang.
The Hanang District Medical Officer, Dr Mohammed Kodi expressed gratitude to the Members of the Lions Club for the assistance especially medicines.
“We have been getting various donation but few have been including medicines which is very important taking into account that many people were injured during the colossus mudslide,” pointed out the DMO.