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WFP donates over 150,000 tonnes of
food rations for refugees in Tanzania       

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 neighboring countries.

Aderico 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 this year.

Tanzania 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.

He said other countries that will benefit from the food support were the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Malawi, Uganda and South Sudan.

In August, 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 December.

Michael Dunford, the WFP representative in Tanzania, said further ration cuts will be necessary if donors did not respond immediately.

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.

Margret Mugyabuso, the local leader at Kimara Stopover suburb where the grisly incident occurred, said several other drinkers have been admitted to Mwananyamala government hospital.

Mugyabuso said two people died on Tuesday evening and seven others died on Wednesday while receiving treatment.

“It is believed that they drank the local brew mixed with an industrial chemical,” said Mugyabuso.

The local area leader said police informed her of the ghastly episode at midnight on Tuesday, asking for her assistance.


Tanzania: vaccination 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 Wednesday.

Bedan 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).

The disease is more serious in areas located in the Great Rift Valley in northern Tanzania, including two districts of Arusha, Ngorongoro and Monduli, Masuruli said.

People in 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.

“That’s why 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 said.

Masuruli called for more awareness education, particularly in areas highly affected by the disease.

In 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.

Said Mtanda, 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.

According to him, 12 people died on the spot and three others died at Rukwa Regional Hospital where they were rushed for treatment.

“It seems the driver was not used to the rough road. That’s why he failed to control the vehicle,” Mtanda said.

The District Commissioner, however, said that the driver of the lorry escaped soon after the accident.


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