Heavy rains wreak havoc in southern Tanzania-RPC

15May 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
 Heavy rains wreak havoc in southern Tanzania-RPC

THE ongoing long rains have wreaked havoc in Rungwe and Kyela districts, Mbeya region with schools surrounded by water, homes destroyed, livestock washed away by floods and farms submerged.

Mbeya Regional Police Commander Ulrich Matei.

Giving his report on the situation here yesterday, Mbeya Regional Police Commander Ulrich Matei said a number of houses had been destroyed in Kyela district, adding that public institutions have not been spared too.

“Mwaya primary school and Mwaya sekondary school that are both located in Mwaya ward in Kyela district are completely surrounded by water,” the RPC said.

As for Rungwe district, the regional police boss said scores of residential houses have been damaged in Igamba area and Tukuyu town. Matei urged parents in the two districts not to allow children to be outdoors alone lest them het swept by floods.

Speaking to this paper about the situation, Mwaya resident Lutusyo Mwainyekule said the diluge has disconnected communication on Ipinda-Matema road at Tenende area which was recently opened by President John Magufuli.

Mwainyekule added that the entire Tenende valley which is renowned for rice farming is completely flooded with farms submerged for days which is mow a cause for worry by farmers.

Residents of Ipinda and Mwaya cannot travel to Kyela town as easily as they did before because of the flooding at Tenende area. One must now pay for a dhow to be able to cross,” Mwainyekule said.

Reports from Bujonde ward indicated that scores of livestock have been swept by floods into Kiwira River and Lake Nyasa.

In Dar es Salaam too, the week-long downpour had compelled regional authorities to suspend classes for some schools for safety of pupils and teachers.

Dar es Salaam Special Police Zone Commander Lazaro Mambosasa told reporters that on Wednesday last week at around 9 pm at Matosa area in Ubungo District, a body of a six year old child was found in a 30 feet pit after disappearing for two days.

RPC Mambosasa said in another incident, on Monday this week at Mongo la Ndege in Ukonga area another dead body of a child aged between four and five years was found floating along Msimbazi River, noting that the body was currently being preserved at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH).