DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua)
-- The United Nations World
Food Program (WFP) said on Wednesday it has donated more
than 150,000 tonnes of food rations to support refugees
and other acutely insecure people in Tanzania and
Kihakwi, WFP’s manager in charge of operations, said the
food donation was intended to help people affected by
conflicts that occurred between January and September
also received more than 8,091 tonnes of food items that
have been given to refugee camps of Nyarugusu, Mtendeli,
and Nduta during the same period, Kihakwi told a news
conference at the Dare es Salaam port.
“Our work is
to offer emergency support and we have been doing this
all the time though there is a lot that ought to be done
because the situation in South Sudan is still not
friendly,” he said.
other countries that will benefit from the food support
were the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Malawi,
Uganda and South Sudan.
the WFP said it had reduced food rations for 320,000
refugees living in western Tanzania as a result of
funding shortfalls, reaching only 62 percent of the
recommended daily intake of 2,100 kilocalories.
The WFP said
it urgently required 23.6 million U.S. dollars to meet
the food and nutritional needs of refugees through
Dunford, the WFP representative in Tanzania, said
further ration cuts will be necessary if donors did not
The UN has
also been urging the international community to donate
toward supporting over 2 million South Sudanese refugees
sheltering in neighbouring countries.
Nine die in Tanzania
after drinking poisoned local brew
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua)
-- Nine people died in
Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam after
drinking local brew suspected to have been poisoned, a
local leader said on Wednesday.
Mugyabuso, the local leader at Kimara Stopover suburb
where the grisly incident occurred, said several other
drinkers have been admitted to Mwananyamala government
said two people died on Tuesday evening and seven others
died on Wednesday while receiving treatment.
believed that they drank the local brew mixed with an
industrial chemical,” said Mugyabuso.
area leader said police informed her of the ghastly
episode at midnight on Tuesday, asking for her
campaign against anthrax
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania has started a vaccination
campaign against anthrax, an infection that affects
livestock, wildlife and human beings, an official said
Masuruli, registrar of the Tanzania Veterinary Council,
said the campaign, launched in northern Tanzania’s
safari capital Arusha, targets thousands of livestock in
a new drive to fight against anthrax, an infection
caused by the bacterium bacillus anthracis.
He said that
cattle, sheep, and goats are highly at risk for anthrax,
hence they will be vaccinated during a one-week
campaign, which is being supported by the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
is more serious in areas located in the Great Rift
Valley in northern Tanzania, including two districts of
Arusha, Ngorongoro and Monduli, Masuruli said.
such areas, predominantly Maasai pastoralists, had been
susceptible to the deadly disease as they had tendencies
of eating raw meat of livestock succumbed to unknown
diseases, he said.
even in this campaign, we’re focusing on two districts
which are dominated by pastoralists, who had been eating
meat without taking precautionary measures,” Masuruli
called for more awareness education, particularly in
areas highly affected by the disease.
September, an outbreak of anthrax, which occurs in four
forms—skin, inhalation, intestinal, and injection—killed
at least 42 hippopotami in south-central Tanzania’s
famed Ruaha National Park.
Fifteen people die in
road accident in western Tanzania
ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) --
Fifteen people were killed and six others seriously
injured after the lorry they were travelling in veered
off the road and overturned in western Tanzania’s region
of Rukwa, an official said on Wednesday.
Nkasi District Commissioner, said that the accident
occurred on Tuesday evening in a remote area known as
‘Mbuga Nyeupe’ involving a lorry, which was heading to
Wampembe area in the district from Sumbawanga
Municipality, about 1,388km from Tanzania’s commercial
capital, Dar es Salaam.
him, 12 people died on the spot and three others died at
Rukwa Regional Hospital where they were rushed for
the driver was not used to the rough road. That’s why he
failed to control the vehicle,” Mtanda said.
Commissioner, however, said that the driver of the lorry
escaped soon after the accident.