Flooding in Tanzania

Flash flooding has left families homeless, as they struggle to protect themselves from 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.

Map showing Tanzania, located on the eastern coast of Africa

How are we helping?

Shelter Kit materials laid out

We are 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 following social distancing guidelines and protect themselves from coronavirus if needed.

Together with our partners, 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 and setting up hand washing stations.


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.


Help give the children shelter
Photo taken during a previous response in Tanzania

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We’re supporting families who lost their homes and have been left vulnerable to coronavirus


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