Flooding in Tanzania

We’ll be supporting families affected by flash flooding and who are under the threat of coronavirus

What happened?

Torrential rain has caused flash flooding across the south-east regions of Tanzania, sweeping away villages and damaging the farmland in its path. 

Thousands of families have seen their homes severely damaged or completely washed away.

People have moved to resettlement camps on higher ground and are in urgent need of emergency shelter. They also need food, water, sanitation and health support. Many don’t have the tools, materials or support they need to rebuild.

The need for emergency shelter in Tanzania is huge, and the coronavirus pandemic is making the situation worse. Families need shelter to physically distance themselves from others and stay as healthy as possible.


Tanzania map

How are we helping?

Tools that help people fix existing shelters or rebuild new ones

Through our partnership with IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross), we’ll be supporting families in Tanzania with shelter kits. 

The flooding has stripped the land, leaving families with nothing to rebuild their homes with. Our shelter kits will help people to build sturdy homes so they can start to rebuild their lives and recover from this disaster.

The aid will also help families to follow social distancing guidelines and protect themselves from coronavirus if needed.

The ShelterBox team has, for the first time, delivered remote training to a small team of Tanzanian Red Cross (TRSC) and IFRC staff and volunteers on the best use of the kit we are supplying.

The training involved basic principles of emergency structures, including anchors, bracing, and foundations.

Together with our partner, we will be taking additional steps to protect our team and ensure we don’t spread coronavirus to the families we are supporting.

Teams in Tanzania will be working to strict measures, including allowing fewer people at distributions, along with physical distancing, setting up handwashing stations and promoting health and hygiene messaging.

How can shelter save lives during coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a deadly risk for vulnerable, disaster-hit families in Tanzania and all over the world. But shelter can save lives by:

  • Helping families to self-isolate and stay as healthy as possible
  • Helping to adapt or expand a vulnerable family’s home to ease overcrowding and allow social distancing
  • Helping people move from evacuation centres where families live close together
  • Helping to reduce sharing of essential household items between families

By slowing the spread of the virus, shelter can save lives. You can give people shelter by supporting us today. 

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a temporary settlement in Tanzania

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