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Transport Risks Analysis for The United Republic of Tanzania – Systemic vulnerability assessment of multi-modal transport networks

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... However, most of the available tools to assess the impact of disruption in transport systems rest on network theory and the concept of percolation 5,6 . Based on data on vehicles, passengers and freight, impacts are measured by the increase in travel time 7 , loss of accessibility 8 or quantities of blocked flows 9,10 . Such indicators can then inform infrastructure planning 11 . ...
... The model is applied to the United Republic of Tanzania. Combining data on the transport sector from Pant et al. 9 and OpenStreetMap contributors 37 , the input-output table for the country 38 , a listing of Tanzanian firms with their basic characteristics and the results of a dedicated firm survey that collected data on inventories and vulnerability to disruptions 39 , we created a supply chain model that fully embeds the transport network 40 . A set of firmsone per sector-is modelled on each important node of the transport network, along with households, who buy firms' outputs. ...
... According to the World Bank's observers, the country is subject to small, frequent floods, which often interrupt roads for a few days, but also to larger floods that severely damage the transport network, which then takes very long to get repaired. Pant et al. 9 reported 13 such sizeable transport-disrupting events between 2014 and 2016. Using a comprehensive set of scenarios, we estimate the indirect economic losses caused by road disruptions for the country's households and international buyers. ...
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