Death toll from Dar city floods increases to 12

16Oct 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Death toll from Dar city floods increases to 12

THE number of people who have died due to the heavy rains in Dar es Salaam Region has reached 12 as the deluge continued for better part of yesterday.

Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander Lazaro Mambosasa told reporters in the city yesterday that the deaths occurred in Ilala and Kinondoni police regions.

He said all the deaths were caused by the heavy rains on Tuesday which caused floods that swept residents to death, adding that eight of the deaths were reported in Ilala police region.

The zonal commander narrated that one of the dead is a woman named Mariam Yahaya (45), resident of Vingunguti suburb who was swept by floods as she attempted to salvage her home utensils from the torrent.

“Her body was found floating on Msimbazi River and has since been preserved at the Mhimbili National Hospital (MNH),” he said.

Mambosasa added that five more dead bodies were retrieved from Msimbazi River at Jangwani area. Two of them were identified as Herieth Kanuti(18), a form three student and Ipyana Mwakifuna(19), a reservist and resident of Jangwani area. Three bodies are yet to be identified.

The officer said another death is of Philipo  Feliciani(30 ), resident of Tabata Kimanga whose body was found stuck in the mud at River Tenge on Wednesday.

“He died on Tuesday after falling into the river while crossing a pedestrian bridge at Tabata Kimanga,” he said.

The officer added that another yet-to-be identified body of a man whose age is estimated between 30 and 35 was retrieved a river at Ukonga Sabasaba in Ilala.

As for Kinondoni, Mambosasa said two children of the same family and two adults died from the Tuesday deluge. He named three of them as Ibrahim Hassani(24), Hussein Awadhi (5), Bakari Awadhi (14). He said they were all residents of Kigogo Buyuni.

“The two children were swept by flood from their house which is located within Msimbazi at Kigogo area and Ibrahim Hassan who tried to save them also died,” he said.

According to Mambosasa, another body of a man whose age is estimated to be between 30 and 45 was retrieved from a river on Wednesday at Mabibo area.

In another incident, Mambosasa said five people of the same family died on Tuesday night at Pugu area in the outskirts of the city after their four-bedroom house caught fire.

He named those who died as Jackline Frank (27), Esther Katemi (15), Edward Katemi (11), Edson Edward Katemi(10) and Ivon  Katemi (4).

Mambosasa said the fire was caused by electrical fault which originated from the main switch.

All the bodies are preserved at MNH, he said.

According to the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Aboubakar Kunenge, more than 800 houses have been destroyed by the rains.

Kunenge called on the residents to take precautions against the ongoing rains and closely monitor the weather forecasts issued by TMA.

He also warned them to avoid crossing flooding rivers, calling on the Tanzania Rural and Urban Roads Agency (TARURA), Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS), Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Authority (DAWASA), Rural Energy Agency (REA) and Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) to immediately start repairing the destroyed infrastructures.

“Our rescue teams and disaster committees are patrolling all the areas to provide needed assistance to the people,” he noted.

Meanwhile, the rains which pounded the city yesterday destroyed a 16-inch pipe which supplies water to many suburbs of Dar es Salaam including the central business district.

Chief Executive Officer of Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Authority Cyprian Luhemeja said the pipe was swept away at Selander Bridge area, causing water shortage to parts of the city.

He named some of the areas left without the precious liquid as Kivukoni, Mchafukoge, Upanga including the MNH, Posta and other areas in the CBD.

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