This was revealed on Monday by the Babati District Commissioner Elizabeth Kitundu when speaking to this paper in her office on the effects of the rains and how the government was responding to them.
Kitundu said four people have died after they were swept away by flood water, including a primary school student who was looking for his shoe that had fallen into an abyss.
She said a total of 342 houses have been surrounded by flood water while 54 collapsed, and adding that 17 had their roofs blown away by winds.
She said one of the reasons that exacerbated the situation is a result of environmental destruction by the wananchi – people’s habit of cutting down trees whose logs end in blocking culverts.
She hailed the wananchi who assisted flood victims by providing them with food and shelter.
Kitundu said in addition to this assistance, the government, through Disasters Committees in villages, wards and districts worked together in rescuing people surrounded by water.
She said as a district, they have no budget for such disasters to help victims instead they incorporate other stakeholders to give assistance.
She said in addition to these emergency measures, they have asked the government – the Office of the Prime Minister for assistance.
A resident of Magugu, Ignas Jacob, said this year’s rains have caused great havoc to them as even crops in the fields have been swept away by flood water.
Another resident Zabron Bahati advised the government via its Disasters Management Department to go around and educate the society not to settle in lowland areas for their own safety.