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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Fresh floods wreak havoc at Mto wa Mbu, paralyses transport

2nd April 2013

Flash floods have seriously damaged a major section of the road in the Mto wa Mbu area of Monduli district in Arusha Region temporally bringing all traffic to a standstill stranding local travelers and tourists alike.

So bad is the situation that the Monduli District Commissioner, Jowika Kasunga has called upon passengers planning to use the Karatu road to the Lake Zone to change their plans and to opt for another route.

 Monduli District Commissioner, Jowika Kasunga called upon passengers planning to use the Karatu road to the Lake Zone to change their plans and opt for another route.

The Mto wa Mbu Trading Center, a major trading square and tourist stop-over enroute to Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, is always bustling with chatting traders and tourists was brought close to a standstill.

It is reported that a major section of the road leading to the trading center was washed away by the heavy torrents on Sunday morning throwing the trading center into chaos as residents and passengers traveling to Karatu and those going as far as Lake Zone through Serengeti National Park panicked in fear of being stranded.

While the floods did not claim any live they have left many homeless and damaged property and infrastructure and caused traumatic experience to the survivors.

 “I was asleep … I woke up noise from the chicken …” reports a resident “, Alice Nnko who then explains that she got up and headed out to check on poultry only to yank the door open to the floods that already high …, : reports the mother of three.

Fortunately, she said her family managed to escape from the floods, though valuables and personal effects were all swept by the flash floods.

Passengers also traveling to different destinations using the Serengeti route were forced to wait for some hours and some decided to cancel their trips due to floods which destroyed a section of the road before getting into the Mto wa Mbu trading center.

Officials from Tanroads eventually responded to the crisis and working in those treacherous conditions managed to restore travel.