Dar is sinking!

22 Dec

So I doubt any of you know or have heard, as the news hasn’t really touched on this, actually it hasn’t AT ALL. Dar-es-Salaam, along with other cities in Tanzania – is suffering from severe floods and rains. These are the worst rains we have seen since 1954. People living in low land area’s are heavily effected, and a number have lost their lives. Let us pray for all those affected and help with food, life jackets, shelter and warmth to anyone and everyone that needs. More pictures: http://issamichuzi.blogspot.com/2011/12/athari-za-mafuriko-jijini-dar-es-salaam.html

It’s not the time to point fingers and blame however, poor infrastructure, poor public knowledge and lack of sympathy, empathy and support from the government could have prevented such disastrous situations. See below:

MANAGE DISASTERS BETTER
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 10:43

Heavy rains are pounding many parts of Tanzania, with attendant flooding, loss of lives and destruction of property. Homes are inundated with water or destroyed, bridges have been swept away, passengers are stranded and yet more people are marooned.Many low-lying areas, even in Dar es Salaam, have been prone to floods in recent years. Yet the people have ignored environmentalists’ pleas to vacate them.

Some leaders make capital out such situations to encourage their poor potential voters to stay put despite the risk they face. Sadly, nothing is done to build infrastructure such as drainage systems to forestall disasters. As a result, floods recur and people are endangered whenever it rains heavily.

The Disaster Management Department in the Prime Minister’s Office seems to be focusing on interventions rather than on carrying out or co-ordinating relevant studies, disseminating information on operations, preparedness and prevention, formulating appropriate policies and recommending methods for public awareness and understanding of disaster prevention measures.

Had the department, with committees up to village level, been working effectively and efficiently, some of these problems would have been minimised.We call on the department to appraise its performance and, if possible, seek funds to improve its operations, work with other parties and raise public awareness on disasters.

These include epidemics, pest infestation, drought, famines, floods, fires, major accidents, strong winds, refugees, conflicts, landslides and explosions.

Let’s avert or minimise disasters. We cannot harp on about flooding and loss of lives and property while doing nothing to mitigate the problem.

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