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Mount Hanang Avalanche Victims Get Support from Lions International

As schools countrywide are opening up this January 2024, among the children expected in class are victims of the Mount Hanang landslide and now the Lions Club International has moved in to assist the survivors.

The victims of the Mount Hanang’ Avalanche in Manyara have received a truckload of humanitarian donations, including foodstuffs, medicine, sanitary wares, soaps and bedding materials from members of the Lions Club.

Consignments of humanitarian donations from the Lions Club of Arusha City (D411-C) were officially presented to the Hanang District Commissioner Janeth Mayanja, by the Second vice District Governor of the Lions Club, Manish Chavda.

The donations were delivered at the Katesh Primary School where most of the humanitarian support consignments are being received by the state and distributed to the beneficiaries on behalf of the surviving victims of the December 2023 massive landslides.

“On behalf of President Samia Suluhu Hassan and Government of Tanzania I would like to convey heartfelt gratitude to the Lions Club International for the support,” said the Hanang District Commissioner, DC Mayanja.

She added that the victims of the Mount Hanang landslide are still in dire straits needing more assistance especially now that schools are about to open and many of the villagers had taken shelters in school buildings.

The Lions Club had presented to the District Commissioner more than 50 sleeping mattresses, in addition to medicinal drugs, food consignments and sanitary wares.

“The Lion Club is always ready to assist should we be required to do so,” said the Second vice District Governor, Manish Chavda, who also promised to organize free health services, especially eye camps for the residents of Katesh Township in the course of 2024.

Manish Chavda (Left), the Hanang District Commissioner Janeth Mayanja (Center) and the District Medical Officer Dr Mohammed Kodi at Katesh

The Second District Governor also took time to visit some of the affected villages at the foot of Mount Hanang.

The Hanang District Medical Officer, Dr Mohammed Kodi expressed gratitude to the Members of the Lions Club for thoughtfully including medicinal drugs in the consignment of the humanitarian aid delivered to Katesh.

“We have been getting various forms of donation but few have been including medicine which is very important considering that many people were injured during the colossus mudflow,” pointed out the District Medical officer.

The early morning avalanche that occurred in Hanang District of Manyara Region in the first week of December 2023 destroyed hundreds of households, killing more than 100 victims and injuring thousands of people, making it the biggest natural disaster to occur in the country in recent years. 

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