Committee advised to work on social infrastructure services

26Mar 2020
The Guardian
Committee advised to work on social infrastructure services

THE disaster management committee in Rufiji district has been advised to immediately work on restoring the various social infrastructure services which had been destroyed by floods that recently hit the district and claimed lives.

Col. Jimmy Matamwe

The call was made by the Col. Jimmy Matamwe from the Prime Minister’s Office (Disaster Management Unit), after handing over aid to the flood victims in the district.

Muhoro and Chumbi wards are among the wards which had been mostly hit by floods which also swept away three bridges which link the wards to the main office.

Matamwe said that management committees from village to district level are responsible for carrying out emergency operations, in accordance with Disaster Management Act No. 7 of 2015.

He directed that “the disaster management committees in the district should have short-term plans to ensure that road services are available for everyone, as they link southern regions to assist people to access public social services”.

Speaking shortly after receiving aid from the Prime Minister’s Office, Rufiji district commissioner Juma Njwayo explained that the aid provided would be a great relief to the victims.

The DC said that more than 20,000 people had been affected by the disaster as more than 100 houses are surrounded by water.

"We thank the Prime Minister's Office for bringing us the useful aid, including mattresses, mats, cans, buckets and soaps; I believe the disaster committees will be responsible for allocating the materials in accordance with disaster management procedures”, he said.

For his part, the Member of Parliament for Rufiji constituency, Mohamed Mchengerwa, said that since the occurrence of the floods in the area, they have been receiving enough cooperation from the Prime Minister’s Office where a number of experts had been arriving on time to assist disaster management committees.

The MP said, residents of Rufiji are very happy with how their government cares for them.

“we understand that the floods had greatly affected the wananchi, including the destruction of their foods, houses and other properties but we do not need foods aid but we ask for quality seeds”, he said.

According to Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) there would be heavy rainfall in a large parts of the country between March to May this year, where the rain were expected to start in the first or second week of March and is expected to end in the first or second week of May.

The authority advised the public to take necessary precautions in order to avoid disasters.