Two die, families homeless as floods sweep 50 houses

24Apr 2020
The Guardian
Two die, families homeless as floods sweep 50 houses

TWO people have died and scores of families left homeless after more than 50 houses were destroyed by ongoing heavy rains in Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions.

In addition, hundreds of passengers travelling from the northern regions to Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Central and Lake Zone regions were stranded for more than six hours, after a downpour cut road traffic at Mabula area in Arumeru District along the Arusha-Moshi highway.

Arumeru District Commissioner Jerry Muro yesterday confirmed the deaths as due to flooding.

 “It’s true the two people died yesterday and both of them were residents of Arumeru District. Terevaeli Nasari (65), resident of Malula area lost his life after a mudslide from Mt Meru slopes came down and enveloped his house, breaking the wall of the house he was sleeping in and died on the spot. His body was found and taken to Mount Meru Hospital in Arusha.”

Muso, a child (3) of Valeska village in Mwamko district was swept away by the floods.

In efforts to save him, his parent identified as Simon succeeded to save one child but another one died.

 The DC said other effects included the destruction of more than 50 houses by the rains and others collapsed due to rising flood water.

Meanwhile, hundreds of passengers from Arusha Arusha, Manyara and Kilimanjaro regions were stranded w for more than six hours while proceeding to Dar es Salaam, Central and Lake Zone regions at Malula area in Arumeru District due to floods that cut off road traffic on the main Arusha-Moshi road.

Malula is near the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) where water flooded the road after flowing above the culverts and blocked the road. The floods also destroyed crops and various other infrastructures.