House directs govt to prepare report on impacts of flooding hazards

01Apr 2020
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
House directs govt to prepare report on impacts of flooding hazards

​​​​​​​THE National Assembly has directed the government to come up with a special report on the impacts of floods from the ongoing heavy rains in the country which had claimed lives of people and left thousands of them homeless.

Speaker Job Ndugai

Speaker Job Ndugai made the call yesterday in the House when responding to a question from Rufiji MP (CCM) Mohamed Mchengerwa.

In his question, Mchengerwa sought to know the measures taken by the government to support Rufiji residents who have been affected by the ongoing floods in the district.

According to him, the floods had left about 20,,000 to 50000 people homeless who are currently starving as the available aids are insufficient.

He also advised the government to immediately work on restoring the various social infrastructure services which had been destroyed by floods.

“Heavy rains that swept away most areas of Rufiji had   made   thousands of people   homeless and  they have no food. The  floods had brought great pains to our people.   What measures do   we take to rescue these people?” the legislator queried.

Responding, Speaker Ndugai acknowledged that this year’s floods had destroyed infrastructures  in Rufiji ,saying that the government will take immediate measures to support the victims.

He wanted minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled), Jenista Mhagama to prepare the floods report and present it to the National Assembly.

“My condolences to the MPs of Rufiji and Kibiti for floods tragedy, this is the first time Rufiji  had experienced such   floods, the government   will take possible measures,” Ndugai added.

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.