OUT donates assorted items to flood victims in Iringa

03Apr 2020
Friday Simbaya
The Guardian
OUT donates assorted items to flood victims in Iringa

​​​​​​​THE Open University of Tanzania (OUT) Iringa centre in collaboration with students has donated assorted items to flood victims at Mbingama suburb in Isele village in Iringa Region.

Iringa District Commissioner, Richard Kasesela.

University Director, Dr Bukaza Chachage said they were touched by the issue thus decided to donate the items which includes clothes and bed sheets. He said the donated items were handed over to Iringa District Commissioner, Richard Kasesela.

Dr Chachage added as the educational institution they don’t only teach and conduct researches but also support local communities through provision of assistance during natural disasters. He called upon the community and business people to support the flood victims since they are still in need of various items.

“We have responded to the call by Iringa DC because the flood victims had most of other properties swept off by water. They still need food, clothes, building materials and blankets”, he said insisting construction materials are more crucial as they need to relocate to other premises.

Few days after the floods, Iringa District Commissioner Richard Kasesela urged the residents to relocate to safer premises as the floods were likely to happen again due to on-going rains.

Speaking while receiving support for the flood victims, he thanked the open university of Tanzania for providing the assistance asking institutions and individuals to come out in support of the affected communities.

“The floods affected over 200 households, these people still need building materials as most of them face housing challenges, the clothing and beddings  are also not enough”, said the DC.

Earlier, Isele Village Chairman, Ballo Halfani said people have incurred losses as most of their properties including food which was stored in their houses were swept away by floods.

“We are in need of food, but we do not have permanent shelters”, he said.

In January this year, three people were reported dead and hundreds rendered homeless following downpour that hit Iringa and Lindi regions.

Iringa District Commissioner Richard Kasesela confirmed the death of three Tungamalenga village residents including two children from one family. He said the children were killed in separate flood incidents, with ongoing torrential rains.

Pawaga and Idodi were the most affected divisions in Iringa district. Pawaga Prison was surrounded with water, triggering fears on the safety of inmates.

Houses and household items were submerged by heavy flooding resulting from heavy rain.

Pawaga Prison chief warden Daudi Mwakalukwa said they managed to prevent flooding waters from entering the prison, the second time such floods occur since 2016. Over 100 houses and vast acres of crops were destroyed at that time.

The worst flooding of 2016 touched off famine, with the police force compelled to use helicopters to rescue people from submerged houses, the warder recalled.