Over 2,000 people in Tanzania’s northern district of Same are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance after their homes and food stocks were destroyed by floodwaters from River Pangani following heavy rains in the area over the past week, authorities said on Sunday.
The rains led to overflowing of the Nyumba ya Mungu Hydroelectric Dam along the river, submerging nearby villages and washing away houses, farms, and roads.
Rosemary Senyamule, Same district commissioner, said that the most affected villages are Marwa and Ruvu-Mferejini.
“Some schools are not recording proper class attendance numbers because of the damaged infrastructures such as roads which are keeping pupils away,” Senyamule said, adding that areas have become inaccessible and vast swathes of farmland have been washed away.
Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner Anna Mghwira said various aid agencies such as the Red Cross are working with government institutions to bring in food, clean water, shelter, and medical aid.
According to Vendelin Basso, a senior official from the Pangani Basin Water Office, residents of the Ruvu-Darajani ward were alerted about the looming floods since May 6.
Basso said all the communities in the area were strongly advised to move away, but only some of them responded. Enditem