Eight Piayaya Primary school pupils have drowned trying to cross flooded River Rudiru in Ngorongoro District, Arusha Region on Tuesday.
Arusha police commander senior assistant commissioner of Police (SACP) Thobias Andengenye confirmed the incident, telling reporters that the river had overflowed from the ongoing heavy rains in Ngorongoro district.
He said the force working with wananchi had recovered five bodies which have been handed over to immediate family members for burial.
Andengenye named the deceased as Standard Seven pupil Olonana Mosirori (13), Standard Five pupils Nemao Faraji (14), Nyangusi Mbalau (12) and Lapaine Lengukwi (14) and Standard Three pupil Logoi Oleiki (11).
Others were Standard Two pupils Lekinyan Eliakimu (11) and Sileti Kakea (11) as well as Standard Six pupil Kisiaya Barnoti (13).
According to the police chief his force in collaboration with wananchi in Ngorongoro district are still searching for three missing bodies.
For his, part the Ngorongoro District Commissioner, Elias Lali-Wawa said the rains have not only claimed human lives, but have also damaged roads and other infrastructure.
“As we are talking now, officials from the District Council are assessing the actual damage” said Lali.
Meanwhile, five people died yesterday and eleven others were seriously injured in a road accident which occurred in Magu District, Mwanza Region.
According to reports which were confirmed by the Mwanza Regional Police Commander, Liberatus Barlow, the accident happened at Bulula village, along the Mwanza – Musoma highway around 2.45 pm.
It involved a passenger bus, with registration numbers T655 BDP, and private car, a Toyota Noah with registration numbers T 716 BMV.
According to RPC, the accident was caused by speeding and reckless driving on the part of the drivers.
Commander Barlow said at least five people including the Toyota Noah driver died on spot…11 passengers who were in the bus were injured and 10 of them were sent to Magu district hospital.
“One of the injured people was transferred to Bugando Medical Centre for treatment of a broken arm,” he said.
The commander named four of the deceased as the Toyota diver Deus John Kengele (42) a resident of Kiloleli in Ilelema District, and a businessman Peter Lubisha (45).
He named the others as Emmanule Kapesa (30) and Mwinyi a resident of Igoma in Nyamagana district in the region.