Morogoro — PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has ordered Tanzania Peoples Defence Forces (TPDF) to deploy a team that will pitch special tents to provide shelter for the victims of floods in Magole sub-location in Morogoro region.
Along with the tents, the President has called on companies to supply mattresses on loan agreement with the government that should reach Magole in two days time for the victims to be provided with safe shelter while other options for permanent shelter are sought.
The Head of State made a visit to the affected areas on Monday and assured the flood victims of every government support in ensuring they lead normal life.
He addressed them at Magole Secondary school where a camp has been established to assist the victims. President Kikwete said that the government’s decision to provide mattresses was reached after realizing that there were hundreds of people whose houses had been demolished by the heavy downpour last week.
The catastrophe affected many including children. The President arrived at the affected site early in the day using a police helicopter. He inspected the bridge which was damaged by the storm before a section of it was rehabilitated to allow motor vehicles to get out of the area.
Later, the President was briefed on the situation on the ground particularly for Kilosa, Gairo and Mvomero wards also involved in the calamity.
“This situation had never happened before in our country. It is a pity that people are suffering here. We are looking for every possible support including mattresses that will arrive here and be distributed to every victim.
This is deliberately done to save you from health hazards that might erupt,” he said. He called upon manufacturers to produce as many mattresses as possible and empty their stores to rescue the victims.
He added that payment arrangements will follow in due course but all the attention should be directed at caring for the flood victims first. On the food situation, he said there is enough food in the government warehouses that should be distributed at once — particularly maize and beans. He called for good Samaritans to provide other food items like rice. He said that every effort should be made to ensure that all victims get enough food.