Rains kill 18 in Tanga, destroy properties

17Oct 2019
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Rains kill 18 in Tanga, destroy properties

THE ongoing rains have so far killed 18 people including six children in Tanga region, authorities confirmed yesterday.

Addressing reporters here, Tanga Regional Police Commander Edward Bukombe said the victims died after flood waters swept them and others gravely hurt by falling debris of houses destroyed in the devastating downpour.

The RPC said that the rains which have been pounding the region since October 1 have also left a trail of destruction of properties including houses and farms.

Korogwe is the most affected district along with Kilindi and Pangani, with 16 people dying in Dindira and Foroforo wards in Korogwe district whereas Pangani and Kilindi recorded one death each.

“The six children died after the house they were inside crumbled, with five children being rescued in the disaster,” he said.

The Kwashemshi-Dindila-Bungu road from Bumbuli in Lushoto district was badly damaged due to the hailstorm which also blocked the road at Kwang'andu valley by a landslide.

Other roads that have been laid waste are Lewa -Lutindi, Makuyuni -Bungu, Dindila –Mpale-Mswaha. The Kwashemshi –Dindila bridge at Kwakibili has also been swept away, the police chief noted.

The same rains earlier in Morogoro Region caused the deaths of 11 people, including children of nine to 16 years.

Morogoro Regional Police Commander SACP Wilbroad Mutafungwa said on Tuesday that among the dead were five pupils at Nyachiro Primary School who drowned in Mvuha River in Kibogwa Ward, Matombo Division in Morogoro District.

He said the incident occurred on Saturday around 16.30 hours at Nyachiro village.

The Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) warned on Friday that the country will experience heavy rains that might cause floods leading to disease outbreaks.

TMA director general Agnes Kijazi made this observation when briefing journalists on the climate outlook for seasonal rains in Tanzania.

Rains are expected to be above normal in Dodoma, Singida, Tabora, Mbeya, Njombe, Songwe, Iringa, Morogoro, Lindi and Mtwara regions, while Kigoma, Katavi and Rukwa Regions should brace for normal rains.