Downpours likely for three more days-TMA

11Jan 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Downpours likely for three more days-TMA
  • Current rains echo the mayhem early last year - observers

​​​​​​​HEAVY rains pounding parts of the country since Saturday are in forecast for three days consecutively with eight regions predicted to receive heavier downpours, says the weatherman.

A statement released yesterday by the Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) named the regions likely to experience more rains as Mbeya, Songwe, Iringa, Njombe, Ruvuma, Lindi, Mtwara and the southern part of Morogoro region.

The rains are accompanied by strong winds and big tides lifting water by up to two metres in some areas of the coastline at Mtwara, Lindi, Dar es Salaam, the islands of Mafia, Unguja and Pemba as well as southern parts of Morogoro Region.

“Some low-lying residential areas are likely to be flooded and activities such as transportation and fishing will be affected,” the weather advisory noted.

The rains started on Saturday evening and continued for the better part of yesterday and TMA says the rains will stop and flooded areas see waters receding tomorrow.

Tanzania saw heavy rains for most of last year with extensive damage to infrastructure and loss of lives in some parts of the country.

In January three people died and over 600 were rendered homes in Iringa and Lindi regions, with wards like Pawaga and Idodi in Iringa district surrounded by water, triggering fears of outbreaks of contagious diseases.

Houses were submerged after heavy flooding, with three Tungamalenga village residents losing their lives, including two children from one family who were killed in separate flood incidents in torrential rains.

In March, downpours and resultant floods swept a section of the road connecting Morogoro municipality and Dodoma, temporarily severing transport links and causing great anxiety. Read

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