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EU releases additional Sh276 million to help El Niño victims in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam. The European Union (EU) has released 276.9 million shillings, or 100,000 euros, in emergency humanitarian funds to help households worst affected by El Niño floods, which have wreaked havoc in several parts of Tanzania.

A statement released on Wednesday said the funding comes on top of a previous allocation of 276.9 million shillings, or 100,000 euros, to the Tanzania Red Cross in December 2023, which the EU contributed in response to the floods.

This brings the total EU contribution to the Tanzania flood response to 553,949,000 shillings, or 200,000 euros. Sustained heavy rains continue to worsen the situation for many affected households.

The funding will help the Tanzania Red Cross provide urgently needed assistance to expand emergency and life-saving aid to the most vulnerable, especially people whose homes have been destroyed and those who have been displaced.

READ MORE: Heavy rains caused by El Niño leave 155 dead in Tanzania

The Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) will use these funds to provide tarps and tents to affected households to set up emergency shelters. They will also distribute essential household items to displaced and camp populations.

The Red Cross will also provide cash assistance to the most affected and vulnerable populations, conduct search and rescue operations, provide first aid, and evacuate the critically injured or ill. Finally, this assistance will also be used to purchase and distribute water treatment chemicals to minimize the risk of waterborne diseases.

This additional funding will allow the TRCS to scale up its support and help 85,000 people in various parts of Tanzania, including Morogoro, Mbeya, Kilimanjaro, Unguja, Geita, Dar es Salaam, Manyara and Pwani.

This allocation is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Response Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Since November 2023, Tanzania has been experiencing heavy rains caused by the El Niño phenomenon. The rains continued until 2024, causing landslides and flooding, which destroyed even more homes, crops and agricultural assets and affected more than 200,000 people.

READ MORE: Funeral of eight Ghati Memorial School students held as flood death toll reaches 58 nationwide

In December 2023, a massive landslide near Mount Hanang in the Manyara region of northern Tanzania affected nearly 44,000 people and caused 89 deaths. Additionally, Cyclone Hidaya made landfall on May 4, 2024, causing strong winds and heavy rain on the coast south of Dar es Salaam.

The already affected areas of Dar es Salaam, Pwani and Morogoro suffered heavy rains, exacerbating an already dire situation.

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