TRCA Secretary General, Mr Adam Kimbisa

Mabwepande second phase has been completed, which means a total of 550 temporary tents have been erected for Dar es Salaam flood victims.

The Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) Secretary General, Mr Adam Kimbisa, said that the tents were sufficient to absorb more than 1000 victims who were still residing at Mbweni, Mgulani and Ubungo Maziwa camps.

According to Mr Kimbisa, over 200m/- had been spent on the shelters and other relief items.Mr Kimbisa said this when he visited Mabwepande area to oversee the work being done by the Red Cross volunteers who have been erecting temporary shelters for the December flood victim.

On the other hand, Mr Kimbisa has urged the government to revamp its disaster management system to ensure timely and effective response.He said the government, among other things, should establish an autonomous unit that would recruit staff; provide equipment and enough funds to respond to all types of disasters instead of only depending on humanitarian institutions.

“The government should build the capacity of the department so that it can be able to respond to disasters instead of depending on other stakeholders and humanitarian institutions to participate in rescue?activities,” he said.

He said although the government’s disaster management department under the Prime Minister’s Office exists, it also needs a system to provide facilities to enable its workers to respond to disasters as soon as they happen.??Mr Kimbisa also called for more cooperation from the government in implementation of its society’s humanitarian activities adding that Red Cross should be recognized as an assistant rather than a competitor.??”

I urge the government to recognize Red Cross as its auxiliary and not its competitor in implementing humanitarian services… Red Cross needs its support to ensure that the skilled personnel are used during disasters,” he said.??Mr Kimbisa also urged Tanzanians to develop the spirit of volunteerism during disasters since most of them were not ready to help others in trouble.

He said his society would also improve training to volunteers and communities on disaster preparedness and management across the country.

By DORA TESHA, Tanzania Daily News


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