In response to the devastating mudflows disaster that struck Hanang District in Manyara Region last Sunday, the government has initiated a comprehensive plan to relocate affected citizens. The Minister for Lands, Housing, and Human Settlements Development, Mr Jerry Silaa, recently conducted an inspection of an alternative site in Katesh Township, accompanied by Acting Hanang Land Officer, Mr Erick Mbeya.
The identified site at Gwadaat Hamlet in Jorodom Ward spans 216.01 acres, where 450 plots and 50 farms will be surveyed and allocated to survivors. Following President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s directive, the government has swiftly begun the relocation process, reaching out to 760 families since the commencement of the exercise.
Health Deputy Minister, Dr Godwin Mollel, emphasized the government’s commitment to mitigating the risks of waterborne diseases during the restoration of Katesh Township. Expert teams from the Health Ministry are actively educating communities on preventive measures and household water treatment methods.
President Samia, in a recent address, urged Hanang residents to remain vigilant against potential epidemics resulting from the disaster. Dr Samia emphasized the importance of precautionary measures, particularly in ensuring access to safe water and functioning latrines for the displaced population.
Dr Mollel acknowledged the support of humanitarian agencies, including the Tanzania Red Cross Society, Save the Children, and UNICEF, for their contributions during this challenging time.
In a significant international response, the United States has authorized an immediate provision of $100,000 in disaster relief. The funds, provided through the USAID and coordinated with the World Food Programme, aim to support the government’s ongoing response to the natural disaster, which claimed the lives of 76 people and caused extensive damage to farmland.
The US Ambassador to Tanzania, Michael Battle, expressed condolences for the tragic loss and affirmed the United States’ solidarity with Tanzania during this challenging period. The emergency relief signals a commitment to providing additional support as needed, with agencies such as USAID and the CDC closely monitoring the situation in Hanang District.