Flash floods claim eight lives in Tanzania


At least eight people, including two children have died after flash floods caused by heavy rains ravaged Tanzania’s Political capital Dodoma.

Torrential rains accompanied by strong winds began falling in the early hours of Saturday, devastating several households. The Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) has already issued an alert over the heaviest El Nino rains to be experienced in the East African country’s history.

The rains also destroyed railway infrastructure, washed away cars, damaged roads and damaged several residential houses, leaving several people without shelter.

Dodoma Regional Police Commander (RPC) David Misiime said on Monday that the police had already recovered several bodies including that of a Personal Assistance to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ernest Mangu, Inspector Gerald Ryoba who was together with his family washed away by the flash floods.

Inspector Ryoba died while on his way to Dar es Salaam from Dodoma after attempting to drive through floodwaters in Kibaigwa, few miles from Dodoma Municipal.

The Commander said the police found the body of Ryoba along with his wife Fidea John Kiondo, their two children Gabriel and Godwin as well as the house maid identified as Sara and his driver only identified as Ramadhan.

According to the regional police commander the police also recovered two bodies believed to be residents of the area swept by floods.
Eye witnesses told Afrika Reporter that the flash floods caused by heavy rains have destroyed buildings and other property in Kibaigwa