50 houses washed away by floods in Hai district

25Apr 2020
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
50 houses washed away by floods in Hai district

​​​​​​​OVER 50 households have been swept away by flash floods   in Hai district, Kilimanjaro region   following heavy rains over the past two days.

​​​​​​​District commissioner (DC) Lengai Ole Sabaya.

District commissioner (DC) Lengai Ole Sabaya ordered six households, which have large number of children to be temporaliry relocated to   Sanya station primary school building in KIA ward.

DC Ole Sabaya said that most of the families were surrounded by water due to the ongoing rains hitting northern regions and the country at large. The floods   are from the slopes on Mount Kilimanjaro.

“As leaders, we’re working hard to rescue those families which are in serious hit  including relocating them to safer places. We’re also working on ensure that they get all the basic necessities,” DC Sabaya told reporters here yesterday.

Reports have it that some families have deserted their homes and sought shelters to the nearby villages.

According to Sabaya, his office and other players were working hard to make sure that water flows into Kikuletwa river  and Pangani river. “Most of the affected families are those built along valleys, which in most cases are prone to floods said the DC”

Kia Ward agricultural officer, Maurin Mushi said that the floods had destroyed 175 acres of crops such as beans, vegetables and maize.

On Wednesday, two people 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   Arusha-Moshi highway.

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