Samia orders probe onto Hanang disaster

MANYARA,Hanang: President Samia Suluhu Hassan has called for an in-depth investigation into the Hanang mudslide disaster that claimed 76 lives last weekend.

Dr Samia directed authorities to investigate and lay bare the causes of the calamity.

“Such an understanding is crucial for implementing effective corrective actions to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future”, observed the President at Katesh Primary School grounds where she commiserated with Hanang residents.

She equally urged Tanzanians staying in flood prone areas and other dangerous to move to safer places, insisting it was the best way to lessen the impact disasters have on people and property.

She said: I’ve seen for myself the impact of the calamity, some areas aren’t safe to live, especially for children.

The President, who was addressing hundreds of Katesh residents who were engulfed in sombre mood urged the residents to be on high alert over epidemics that may be occasioned by disasters.

According to Dr Samia, communicable disease transmission after disasters is associated primarily with the size and characteristics of the population displaced, specifically the proximity of safe water and functioning latrines, the nutritional status of the displaced population.

“It is important to take precautionary measures using commodities such as water”, she urged.

The President said she had directed the Water Ministry to ensure that the precious commodity was in constant supply, the tragedy notwithstanding.

She equally directed the Health Ministry to monitor situations that will yield to outbreaks of diseases, arguing that those seeking shelter in three camps at Katesh Townshi, were at higher risks.

In the same vein, the President called on Tanzanians to keep abreast weather reports and the ever changing weather patterns that she said will mitigate the impacts of disasters.

While challenging regional authorities to enhance their disaster preparedness, Dr Samia underscored the importance of building capacity to first responders, arguing that they play a vital role in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters.

“We need to prepare ourselves lest we get caught off guard”, she insisted.

Meanwhile, a total 2.5bn/- was raised by well wishers as a gesture of condoling with Tanzanians.

According to the President, the amount will be channeled through a local bank account and was solely meant for the victims.

Speaking earlier on, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, who is also the chairperson of the National Disaster Committee informed the President that the office of the Treasury Registrar led by Nehemiah Mchechu, was able to raise 1.5bn/- from State Parastatals.

The money will also be given to the victims of the mudslide, he said.

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