Tanzania plans relocation of Katesh residents as aid pours in

Manyara, Hanang: THE government has initiated a plan to relocate all citizens who have been affected by the mudflows disaster that struck Hanang District in Manyara Region last Sunday.

The Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, Mr Jerry Silaa, visited and inspected an alternative site where survivors of the catastrophic mudslide in Katesh Township of Hanang District will be relocated.

Minister Silaa was accompanied by Acting Hanang Land Officer, Mr Erick Mbeya, to visit the 216.01-acre site located at Gwadaat Hamlet in Jorodom Ward.

A total of 450 plots and 50 farms will be surveyed and provided to the survivors. Meanwhile, government has started treating President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s directive.

Already, a total of 760 families have been reached out, since the exercise began yesterday.

Briefing reporters here yesterday, Health Deputy Minister, Dr Godwin Mollel said the plan was to reach out to many households as the Township begins its restoration.

“Everything is going to plan as we intend to reach to more households in mitigating the risks of waterborne diseases,” the Minister disclosed.

According to Dr Mollel, experts from the Health Ministry have been going around houses, educating communities on how to reduce exposure to water-borne diseases.

He said: The experts have also been raising awareness on household water treatment methods.

Speaking here on Thursday, President Samia urged Hanang 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. Dr Mollel commended the efforts of some humanitarian agencies that continue supporting the government in Katesh Township.

He singled out the agencies as Tanzania Red Cross Society, Save the Children and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

“We truly appreciate the noble gesture by these agencies for stepping in when we needed them the most,” he added.

In another development, the United States yesterday authorised the immediate provision of $100,000 in disaster relief in response to flooding and landslides in Hanang District, Manyara Region.

The catastrophe last Sunday resulted in the tragic death of 76 people, damaged hundreds of acres of farmland, and displaced thousands of others.

According to a statement released yesterday by the US Em bassy in Tanzania, the emergency humanitarian assistance provided by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), through the World Food Programme, will support the government’s ongoing and robust response to the natural disaster in the northern region of the country.

USAID and the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will continue to monitor the situation and are prepared to provide additional support as needed, the statement reads.

“We grieve with Tanzanians across the country at this tragic loss of life and livelihoods,” said the US Ambassador to Tanzania, Michael Battle.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire US Mission to Tanzania are with all those impacted by this natural disaster.

The United States stands by our longtime friend and partner Tanzania at this time.”

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