The European Commission has provided EUR 80 000 (TSHS 203 million) in humanitarian funding in response to the floods along the Ruvuma river in southern Tanzania that occurred on 1st April 2023. Some 1,400 people or 395 households have been severely affected by the floods and moved to temporary shelters such as schools. About 60 houses were destroyed, and more than 100 toilets collapsed. There is a potential risk of an outbreak of diseases due to the contamination of water sources. Fields have been destroyed by the floods, threatening the livelihoods of the affected families, as the main economic activity in the villages is agriculture and food business. The Tanzania Red Cross responded rapidly in providing essential household items to the displaced families and helped the local authorities in the initial food distribution.
This EU funding will support the Tanzanian Red Cross Society (TRCS) in delivering assistance to the 1,400 affected by the floods, especially in the Mtwara district, through the provision of essential household items, WASH, and health services in the next 3 months, while allowing for a detailed assessment to be conducted.
Under this DREF, the TRCS will address immediate needs in food, shelter, clothes, essential household items, and hygiene kits. The TRCS will also distribute water treatment tablets and provide 20 toilet slabs as water and sanitation support at the community and household levels. Volunteers will be trained and deployed to conduct hygiene promotion and health awareness sessions, disseminate key messages on flood resistant shelter and safety, and address community questions. This intervention will strengthen community engagement and ownership of the response.
The funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Delegation of the European Union to the United Republic of Tanzania and the East African Community.