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Floods affect 28,000 in central regions

Floods waters rage through a broken dyke at Makunda in Busia, Western Kenya, August 16, 2007.  More than 40,000 people have been displaced after heavy flooding of the River Nzoia.
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At least 28,000 people are dependent on emergency food and other relief supplies in the central Tanzanian regions of Dodoma and Morogoro following floods, which also damaged transport infrastructure, according to officials.

As of 15 January, some 24,860 flood-affected in the Morogoro region had been registered, Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Issa Machibya, told IRIN by telephone on 21 January.

"We are giving food and shelter to the victims. All is going well," said Machibya.

He said the rains, which have pounded Kilosa District since the last week of December 2009, had affected some 5,867 households. Those affected were initially sheltered in schools and other public facilities; regional authorities later set up 24 camps to accommodate 10,585 of the homeless.

Some 1,146 houses were also extensively damaged by the floods and 4,702 others submerged, according to regional officials.

Tanzania's Vice-President, Ali Shein, who visited the regions on 20 January, appealed to Tanzanians and the international community to continue assisting the flood-affected.


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Earlier this month, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete warned that the El-Niño-related rains were set to become a major destructive force to the country's infrastructure.

"Already, in the two weeks of rain since Christmas, the damage to the central railway line and roads in Dodoma and Morogoro regions requires 6.7 billion shillings [about US$4.8 million] to repair and rebuild," Kikwete said.

The money, he said, would be raised through the re-allocation of government funds. "This means many of our development plans will have to be postponed or foregone to enable us respond to emergencies.

"We are at a loss [as to] how many more times [we] shall we have to do this if the rains persist at this pace until the end of the rain[y] season at the end of May," said Kikwete.


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