Heavy rains wreak havoc in Tanzania leaving 23 dead

December 22, 2011TANZANIAAt least 23 people were killed in flash floods that hit many parts of Dar es Salaam Tuesday, with the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) issuing an alert over more heavy rains in coastal areas. The Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr. Said Mecky Sadick, confirmed four deaths after chairing an impromptu regional Peace and Security Council meeting. Widespread destruction of property and infrastructure was evident in some streets and thousands of people were left homeless when their houses were swept away. TMA said the rains were caused by the building of pressure over the Indian Ocean, which created heavy clouds along the coastline. The situation might persist for at least two days. The downpour started at around 3am (East Africa time) with thunder and strong winds and led to a power blackout in many parts of the city. The downpour started at around 3am (East Africa time) with thunder and strong winds and led to a power blackout in many parts of the city. Traffic jams were common Tuesday morning, with many roads either flooded or partly damaged. The RC said at least four people were confirmed dead, including an infant whose body was found at Kwa Mtogole at Tandale. He named the other three as Ms Dhati Mseti, who was struck by lightning, Mr. Mgasa Saidi and Mr Abraham Lusama. Some witnesses reported seeing dead bodies floating in some streams. –Africa Review – BBC
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1 Response to Heavy rains wreak havoc in Tanzania leaving 23 dead

  1. luisport says:

    Flash Flood in Tanzania on Thursday, 22 December, 2011 at 12:04 (12:04 PM) UTC.

    Updated: Friday, 23 December, 2011 at 06:51 UTC
    Heavy rains and flooding have killed at least 23 people in Tanzania and displaced more than 4,000 others, state-run media reported. Officials fear the death toll could rise. Three consecutive days of rain, the heaviest in 57 years, caused the flooding, reported the state-run newspaper Daily News, citing the regional commissioner. President Jakaya Kikwete visited a camp for flood victims Thursday in Dar es Salaam. The capital has been inundated with murky water. Shops were shuttered and residents scrambled to find higher ground. The United Nations was working to assess what kind of aid the Tanzanian government will need to cope with the crisis. Philippe Poinsot, director of the United Nations Development Programme in Tanzania, told U.N. Radio that the rains combined with high tide led to disaster in the densely populated coastal city. ” A large number of families have been affected,” he said. Disaster teams are working to evacuate people from flood-prone areas.



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