Moshi – Kilimanjaro regional commissioner Saidi Meck Sadik has ordered that flood victims of Kahe West ward occupy a 3,000 acre farm that has been lying idle for the last 40 years.
The RC said Soko Estate cannot continue to be unproductive while residents have lost farms and homes that were swept away by floods in the low lying areas of the region recently
He made the directive while speaking to residents of Sokoni, one of the most affected villages which was marooned for three consecutive days.
One person affected by the floods Ms Aisha Msangi has called on the government to improve drainage so as to save homes and fields from future heavy flooding.
The district executive director Moshi Rural Flugence Mponji hinted that plans were afoot to revoke the title deed of the Soko Estate and once that is done the farm would be sub-divided to accommodate the displaced families.
Mid last month the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) issued a warning of heavy rain in most parts of the country, with possible rainfall of 50mm in 24 hours expected in many areas.
The agency has since issued weather forecasts of continued heavy rainfall across the country. TMA agrees that there is is limited understanding among the general population regarding weather forecasts, especially when warnings are issued for precautions to be taken.
The agency has begun considering innovative approaches, including SMS services to inform farmers on weather cahnges in a timely manner.
A combination of human activity, soil erosion and rapid urbanisation without proper planning are asome of the reasons for flooding across the country.
For instance in Mwanza City an officer with the National Environmental Management Council said flooding in the City loacted along the shores of Lake Victoria has over the years gotten worse.
He said Mirongo River that runs through the Mwanza has turned into a 5.9km dump site as residents throw all sorts of refuse into the river.
This habit blocks the natural flow of rain water to the lake causing avoidable flooding.
SOURCE: The Citizen