Heavy rains claim 12 in Dar es Salaam


Flooded Streets


At least twelve people, including four children have died after a heavy downpour that has hit the Tanzanian Capital Dar es Salaam.

The nonstop rain has knocked down trees, washed away cars in waist-deep flooding, turning roads into rivers as well as damaging houses to force thousands to abandon their homes.

Dar es Salaam Police Special Zone Commander, Commissioner Suleiman Kova told Afrika Reporter the number reached twelve after retrieving one body along Magomeni-Suna river Monday morning.

“We expect the number to surge, as downpours continue, it’s likely there will be more death reports but today the number stands at 12.” he said.

Many people had to be rescued by the emergency services and individuals using inflatable rafts to ferry themselves to safety.

Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) has warned the public about heavy storms that are likely to hit the coastal areas of Lndi, Mtwara, Tanga, Pwani, and Dar es Salaam.

The government urged the general public to take immediate actions that include fleeing flood prone areas, suggesting there would be no humanitarian aid to victims.

Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Said Meck Sadiki told a press conference in Dar es Salaam that the number of people who had abandoned their homes had exceeded 2000.

The flash floods in the country’s commercial capital have subsequently brought the city to a halt as several primary and secondary schools as well as businesses are closed.