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Fear of cholera, floods as Burundi refugees pack Tanzania camps

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Fear of cholera, floods as Burundi refugees pack Tanzania camps

Heavy rains, flooding and a spike in new arrivals could threaten the lives of over 110,000 Burundian refugees in overcrowded camps in Tanzania, six aid agencies said on Monday, amid warnings of rising political tension in Burundi.

Life-threatening malaria and diarrhoea have been spreading in Nyarugusu, the world’s third largest refugee camp, since the rainy season began, and damage caused by a powerful El Nino has left aid agencies short of funds throughout east Africa.

Also Read: Armed vigilantes in Burundi’s capital expose deepening crisis

“Refugees are arriving in the hundreds every day,” the agencies, which include Oxfam, Save the Children and HelpAge International, said in a statement.

“Many people are still living in overcrowded mass shelters months after their arrival, where wet floors and cramped conditions mean that the risk of respiratory infections and waterborne diseases is high.”

The agencies also fear a fresh outbreak of cholera, which killed 33 Burundian refugees in western Tanzania in May, as heavy rain sometimes makes toilets overflow and flood shelters.

 

 

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Wild chimpanzee observed caring for disabled infant in ‘first case of its kind’

Wild chimpanzee observed caring for disabled infant in ‘first case of its kind’

A wild chimp has been observed caring for its disabled daughter  Photo: AFP / Getty / Michio Nakamura

For the first time in the wild scientists claim to have observed a female chimpanzee caring for an infant with severe disabilities.

A team of researchers from Japan’s Kyoto University studied a mother providing care for her daughter living in the Mahale Mountains National Park in Tanzania over a two-year period.

The infant, known as XT11, was born at the park in 2011 and displayed symptoms resembling Down’s syndrome seen in other chimps in captivity.

She lived for 23 months and researchers doubt she would have stayed alive for so long without the help and care of her mother and sister.

Michio Nakamura, an associate professor at the university, told the Japan Times: “She had a fish look and kept her mouth half-open, so we assumed she had some kind of mental handicap.”

Scientists observed the chimps for nearly two years

“The observed infant exhibited symptoms resembling Down syndrome, similar to those reported previously for a captive chimpanzee,” researchers found in the study detailed in the international journal, Primates.

 

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AFRICA NEWS

Tanzania halts anti-poaching drive after abuse claims

 

 

 

by Staff Writers
Dar Es Salaam (AFP) Nov 02, 2013


Tanzania has suspended a controversial anti-poaching operation following reports of rampant human rights abuses including the seizure of property, torture and killing of suspects, the speaker of parliament said Saturday.

Police and wildlife officers have cracked down on suspected poachers amid a surge of killings of elephant and rhino in the east African nation, operating under what was reported to be a shoot-to-kill policy and making sweeping arrests.

The campaign, launched two months ago, was dubbed “Operation Tokomeza”, or “Operation Terminate”.

“It is has been necessary for government to suspend the operation indefinitely,” Speaker of Parliament Anne Makinda told AFP Saturday, adding that a probe into the conduct of the campaign would be launched next week.

Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Khamis Kagasheki told parliament Friday the operation would be called off, adding that any member of the security forces found to be involved in acts of torture, theft of property would be punished.

Shortly after the campaign’s launch Kagasheki was widely quoted in Tanzanian media as saying that “rangers are allowed to shoot to kill poachers.”

On Friday, MP John Shibuda said while poachers have badly hit Tanzania’s elephant population, killing the hunters was unacceptable.

“Human life is more valuable than jumbos,” he told parliament.

 

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Execute elephant poachers on the spot, Tanzanian minister urges

Khamis Kagasheki says radical shoot-to-kill policy would curb the slaughter of elephants for illicit ivory trade

Elephant walking in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Tanzania, with 70,000-80,000 elephants in 2009, is thought to have nearly one-quarter of all African elephants. Photograph: Joe McDonald/Corbis

A government minister in Tanzania has called for a “shoot-to-kill” policy against poachers in a radical measure to curb the mass slaughter of elephants.

Khamis Kagasheki’s proposal for perpetrators of the illicit ivory trade to be executed “on the spot” divided opinion, with some conservationists backing it as a necessary deterrent but others warning that it would lead to an escalation of violence.

There are already signs of an increasing militarisation of Africa’s wildlife parks with more than 1,000 rangers having been killed while protecting animals over the past decade, according to the Thin Green Line Foundation. Tanzania is said to have lost half its elephants in the past three years.

“Poachers must be harshly punished because they are merciless people who wantonly kill our wildlife and sometimes wardens,” said Kagasheki at the end of an International March for Elephants, which took place in 15 countries to raise awareness of the poaching scourge. “The only way to solve this problem is to execute the killers on the spot.”

 

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Published on Jun 13, 2013

President Obama will travel to sub-Saharan Africa and the price tag for the trip clocks in between $60 and $100 million. The Post’s Carol Leonnig got access to classified documents outlining the trip. Update: The White House has cancelled the safari for this trip.

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The Obama Family Trip to Africa to Cost $60 to $100 Million

2:12 PM, Jun 13, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER

 

President Obama and his family will be going to Africa later this month. But the trip won’t be cheap; it’s expected to cost American taxpayers $60 to $100 million, according to the Washington Post.

“When President Obama makes his first extended trip to sub-Saharan Africa later this month, the federal agencies charged with keeping him safe won’t be taking any chances. Hundreds of U.S. Secret Service agents will be dispatched to secure facilities in Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. A Navy aircraft carrier or amphibious ship, with a fully staffed medical trauma center, will be stationed offshore in case of emergency,” reports the Post.

“Military cargo planes will airlift in 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines and three trucks loaded with sheets of bullet-proof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the first family will stay. Fighter jets will fly in shifts giving 24-hour coverage over the president’s airspace so they can intervene quickly if an errant plane gets too close.

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What sequester? Obama’s upcoming Africa trip could cost us up to $100 million

Posted at 4:17 pm on June 13, 2013 by Twitchy Staff

 

I don’t even want to tease this outrage with a headline. http://m.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obamas-family-trip-africa-cost-60-100-million_735195.html 

@DavidLimbaugh Obama Family Trip to Africa to Cost $60 to $100 Million…just wait until the President reads about this, he’ll be outraged!

Remember when President Obama’s 20-day Hawaiian family vacation cost taxpayers an estimated $4 million? As it turns out, that was chicken feed.

The Washington Post is reporting that the First Family’s upcoming trip to Africa could cost the government — and ultimately us taxpayers — between $60 million and $100 million dollars.

David Nakamura  David Nakamura         @DavidNakamura

Obama family trip to Africa sheds window on huge costs for presidential trips abroad: 14 limos, Navy ship, AF jets http://wapo.st/175Wyu5 

David Nakamura  David Nakamura         @DavidNakamura

Africa trip for Potus + Flotus could cost between $60 million to $100 million, in line w/previous presidential trips http://wapo.st/175Wyu5 

Fiscally irresponsible? You bet. But before you get too upset, consider this: According to WaPo, the Obamas had originally planned to go on safari in Tanzania, but when the newspaper started asking questions about the cost, the White House put the kibosh on that. So, you see, the Obamas are making sacrifices, too! Well, sort of:

David Nakamura David Nakamura         @DavidNakamura

Update to our story on Potus Africa trip: WH says Obama will visit Robben Island near S. Africa, which is why safari in Tanzania is off.

David Nakamura David Nakamura         @DavidNakamura

“We do not have a limitless supply of assets … Unfortunately, we couldn’t do both,” @jearnest44 says of Robben Island and safari.

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FLORA AND FAUNA

Kenya to toughen poaching sentences to save elephants

by Staff Writers
Nairobi (AFP) April 06, 2013

Kenya plans to bolster current lenient sentences for convicted wildlife poachers or ivory smugglers in a bid to stamp out a spike in elephant killings, the government said Saturday.

“We intend to fight poachers at all levels to save our elephants,” government spokesman Muthui Kariuki said in a statement.

A major obstacle to this is that Kenyan courts are currently limited in their powers to jail or fine those convicted of wildlife crimes, he said.

“One of the major setbacks are lenient penalties and sentencing for wildlife crime by the courts,” he said.

“The government is concerned about this and has facilitated the process of reviewing the wildlife law and policy with a view to having more deterrent penalties and jail terms.”

Poaching has recently risen sharply in east Africa, with whole herds of elephants massacred for their ivory. Rhinos have also been targeted.

Passing tougher wildlife laws will be made a priority for Kenya’s parliament, elected last month but which has yet to begin business.

“We look forward to… parliament giving priority to passing of a new wildlife law and policy,” Kariuki added.

Kenya’s current wildlife act caps punishment for the most serious wildlife crimes at a maximum fine of 40,000 Kenyan shillings (470 dollars, 365 euros), and a possible jail term of up to 10 years.

Last month, a Chinese smuggler caught in Kenya with a haul of ivory was fined less than a dollar (euro) a piece.

 

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Kenyan, Tanzanian poachers arrested in possession of ivory

Souce:Xinhua Publish By Updated 07/04/2013 6:21 am

NAIROBI, April 6 — Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said two suspected poachers, a Tanzanian and his Kenyan accomplice have been arrested while in possession of six pieces of ivory weighing 43kilograms.

KWS said in a statement issued on Saturday that Emellian Shirima, Tanzanian, and Uchapa Mirie, Kenyan were arrested on Thursday in Taita Taveta in the coastal region.

“It is believed that the ivory was from a recent poaching incident in the area. KWS officials will prefer charges against the suspects for being in illegal possession, dealing with a government trophy and failing to make a report of being in its possession to authorities,” the statement said.

In February, two Tanzanians were arraigned in a Nairobi court after they were arrested with 16 pieces of ivory weighing 141 kilograms in Ongata Rongai Township on the outskirts of Nairobi. A Tanzanian registered vehicle was impounded in the incident.

Rampant poaching in Kenya has forced the wildlife agency to step up anti-poaching measures after experiencing a loss of 19 elephants since the beginning of 2012.

 

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Technological Disaster

The 16-story building left more than 60 people trapped in the rubble when it collapsed.

The 16-story building left more than 60 people trapped in the rubble when it collapsed.

29.03.2013 Technological Disaster Tanzania Dar es Salaam Region, Dar es Salaam Damage level
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Technological Disaster in Tanzania on Friday, 29 March, 2013 at 11:08 (11:08 AM) UTC.

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A 16-story building collapsed in Tanzania’s largest city Friday, killing at least two people and leaving scores injured, police said. At least 17 people suffered injuries and others are feared trapped, said Suleiman Kova, a regional police commander. Authorities believe children at a nearby mosque are among those killed or injured. The building was under construction in Dar es Salaam’s central business district. It is unclear whether workers were among the casualties. Rescuers are at the scene scouring for survivors.

Technological Disaster in Tanzania on Friday, 29 March, 2013 at 11:08 (11:08 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Friday, 29 March, 2013 at 12:07 UTC
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Dozens of people were feared trapped after a building under construction collapsed in Tanzania’s economic capital of Dar es Salaam Friday, according to witnesses. “I thought there was an earthquake and then I heard screaming. The whole building fell on itself,” eyewitness Musa Mohamed told AFP. Mohamed said the building, located in the city’s business district, collapsed around 8:45 am (0545 GMT). Dozens of people were reportedly working in and around the building at the time, but their exact number was not immediately known. “So far there are no confirmed deaths, but three people who were severely wounded and unconscious were retrieved. Sixteen others were also rescued,” Saidi Mecky Sadiky, the Dar es Salaam regional commissioner, told AFP. Sadiky also said that up to 60 people, including workers, food vendors and playing children could have been around the area at the moment of the collapse. An AFP journalist at the scene said the building is located in an affluent area and has a mixture of both commercial and residential developments. Area residents were seen trying to rescue those trapped by pulling stones and other construction material from the rubble. The building is said to have had 16 floors.

Rescuers dig through rubble seeking missing in Tanzania building collapse

From Mwondoshah Mfanga, for CNN
updated 4:50 PM EDT, Fri March 29, 2013
Rescue workers search for survivors as bystanders watch, after a building under construction in the Kariakoo district of central Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, collapsed on March 29.
Rescue workers search for survivors as bystanders watch, after a building under construction in the Kariakoo district of central Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, collapsed on March 29.
Tanzania building collapse

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (CNN) — Rescuers planned to search for survivors under a mountain of concrete and twisted metal Friday night after a high-rise building collapsed in Tanzania.

At least four people were dead and 60 were missing after the 16-story building under construction collapsed in Tanzania’s largest city, government and emergency officials said.

Five children are believed to be among the missing, rescue official Walji Ali said.

The building collapsed Friday with a “huge whoosh and then thump,” said eyewitness Ali Jawad Bhimani, a hotel owner who lives near the building in Dar es Salaam’s normally bustling Kariakoo central business district.

“The fallen building is next to our mosque. There is a small field there where the young boys play football. The building fell right on top,” he said. “But 10 to 15 of the boys playing got away safely and are unharmed.”

Building collapses in Tanzania

Earth Watch Report  –  Extreme Weather

Tanzania

 

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Today Extreme Weather Tanzania Kilimanjaro Region, [Hai District] Damage level
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Extreme Weather in Tanzania on Monday, 04 February, 2013 at 05:56 (05:56 AM) UTC.

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Nearly 50 houses were destroyed by strong winds accompanied by heavy rains that rocked Hai District, Kilimanjaro Region last weekend. he Hai District Commissioner, Mr Novatus Makunga, stated here that close to 100 families have been rendered homeless by the natural disaster, which also destroyed many acres of maize, beans and banana plantations. No casualties were recorded. The winds accompanied by heavy rains currently pounding Kilimanjaro Region also destroyed a number of bridges, cutting off communication between villages and wards and according to Mr Makunga, the rivers have also swelled and are overflowing, making rescue operations difficult. The most affected areas so far include the Boma-Ng’ombe Township, which is the district headquarters, Rundugai and Chemka villages. Other parts that suffered the calamity are Kwa-Tito, and Shiri-Mgungani villages in Machame and Weruweru wards as well as Mijongeni village of Machame-Kusini Ward, further south.

“The problem here is that people have been cutting down trees at alarming pace causing the entire landscape to be susceptible to whirlwinds,” said Mr Makunga, urging local residents to start planting trees because forests work as wind break in addition to improving the environment. The Ward Councillor for Machame-Kusini, Mr Nassib Mdeme, said more than 23 houses have so far been destroyed by the gusts of wind and heavy rains which fell in his ward last weekend. “A total of 255 acres of maize and 177 acres of banana plantations have been destroyed by the winds in this ward alone,” said the Machame representative. To help the victims, the government has donated an initial relief food package consisting of 200 kilogrammes of maize flour, 100 kilogrammes of beans plus several litres of cooking oil, consignments that were presented to the people by the district commissioner.

Earth Watch  Report  –  Epidemic hazards

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  26.01.2013 Epidemic Hazard Tanzania Rukwa Region, [Lake Rukwa Basin, Sumbawanga District] Damage level
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Epidemic Hazard in Tanzania on Saturday, 26 January, 2013 at 05:00 (05:00 AM) UTC.

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Nine people have died from cholera while 300 others are receiving treatment after an outbreak that hit several fishing camps and a village along the Lake Rukwa Basin in Sumbawanga District, since November last year. The epidemic is believed to have erupted after villagers served themselves with contaminated food and water. Camps for attending to victims have been set up at Nkwiro, Kalumbaleza, Nankanga and Ilemba Uze. Sumbawanga District Medical Officer (DMO), Dr Thomas Rutayazibwa said the authority has imposed a quarantine, banning any gatherings including open market activities and local brew pubs. Food vendors famous known as ‘Mama Ntilie’ have also been ordered to wind up their business. “We are appealing to everyone to take preventive measures. It’s advised that people abide by the law in order to bring the disease under control,” he said. Cholera is an infection in the small intestine caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Its main symptoms are watery diarrhoea and vomiting. Transmission occurs primarily by drinking water or eating food that has been contaminated with faeces of an infected person, including one with no apparent symptoms. Dr Rutayazibwa warned that some main water sources including Nkwilo and Kalumbaleza rivers have been contaminated, saying water is no longer safe for human consumption as people wash linen and take bath in the rivers. Reacting to the cholera situation, a cross section of residents in the affected areas told the ‘Daily News on Saturday’ that local authorities in the fishing communities have failed in their duties as the disease was a result of poor sanitation. Johnson Sisalamwe from Nankanga fishing community said there were no latrines in the area and people relieve themselves in the nearby bushes. “In such a poor sanitation environment, it’s easy to contract communicable diseases. We hope that God will protect us and things will improve,” Sisalamwe said. Similar sentiments were expressed by fishermen in Nkwiro, Nankanga and Ilemba fishing camps.
Biohazard name: Cholera
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
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FLORA AND FAUNA

by Staff Writers
Nairobi (AFP)

Officials in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa have impounded more than 600 pieces of ivory, weighing two tonnes, they said Tuesday, the latest in a series of seizures by Kenyan authorities.

“They were labelled as decorating stones and were headed to Indonesia from Tanzania,” a police source based at the port told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The head of operations at the port, Gitau Gitau, confirmed the seizure, but said no arrests had been made. Gitau said the documents used to ship the cargo would be used to track its owners, and added that the seized ivory is valued at more than $1 million (750,000 euros).

Two weeks ago, officials in Hong Kong seized more than a tonne of ivory worth about $1.4 million in a shipment from Kenya.

The international trade in elephant ivory, with rare exceptions, has been outlawed since 1989 after elephant populations in Africa dropped from millions in the mid-20th century to some 600,000 by the end of the 1980s.

Ivory trade is banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Flooding

03.01.2013 Flash Flood Tanzania Singida Region, [Singida-wide] Damage level
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Flash Flood in Tanzania on Thursday, 03 January, 2013 at 10:45 (10:45 AM) UTC.

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The heavy rains that are currently pounding Singida Region have already caused costly damage. They have brought down a bridge that is a key link on the Mwanza Highway, rendering the road impassable. A Chinese national who made a bold attempt to cross the river after the bridge had gone down was swept away by flood waters to his death. Motor vehicles travelling northward to Mwanza and those heading for Dodoma, Morogoro and Dar es Salaam are stranded. The incessant rains, most of which came down on New Year’s Day, damaged Mnung’una Bridge at Msisi about 25 kilometres away from the municipality of Singida on Singida-Mwanza Highway. The collapsed bridge has also brought to a halt all heavy and light duty trucks taking provisions, imports and other needs to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, RwandaLeonard) Uganda. More than 300 motor vehicles remain stranded in the area.

Interviewed truck drivers, who are stranded in the area, say they have information that Tanroads engineers would come to work on the bride. They also allege that the quality of the broken bridge was substandard because old culverts had been used in its construction. The District Commissioner for Singida, Queen Mlozi, said that regional authorities had opened Singida-Ndago-Misigiri Road as an alternative route for the stranded drivers. Meanwhile, efforts to repair the collapsed bridge will be underway soon, the DC said. Singida Regional Tanroads Manager Yustaki Kangole said that temporary measures were being taken to enable the stranded motor vehicles to cross the river by laying stones and other construction material on top of the collapsed bridge. According to Eng Kangolle, the Singida -Iguguno Highway portion was constructed by a Chinese firm, CHICO and handed over to the government in 2008. In another development, the Mkalama District Commissioner, Mr Edward Ole Lenga, told reporters here that one unidentified Chinese national died when the car he was driving was swept away by the river at Gumanga Village.