Five killed, over 13,000 left homeless by floods in eastern Tanzania

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Tanzania authorities on Thursday said ongoing heavy rains and floods have killed five people and left over 13,000 others homeless in Tanzania’s eastern region of Morogoro.

It said that the killing of the five people by the raging floods brought to 13 the total numbers of people killed by the deluge in a space of one week.
It added that eight others were killed in the east of Kilimanjaro, leaving hundreds of others homeless.

The Morogoro regional commissioner, Kebwe Steven Kebwe, said that four people drowned while crossing rivers and a taxi driver drowned in a river with his car and died before residents pulled his body and the car from the river.

He said the floods have left 13,933 people homeless, sweeping away 315 houses in four districts of Kilosa, Morogoro Rural, Kilombero and Malinyi.
“More than 3,000 households have been affected and 12,073 hectares of farms destroyed leaving residents in the affected areas without food.
“We are seeking humanitarian support from various stakeholders. Humanitarian aid was very important at this time because currently the victims do not have shelter, food and drugs,’’ Kebwe told a news conference.

Kebwe said that the regional authorities have bought relief supplies, including six tonnes of maize, two tonnes of beans and 400 litres of cooking oil, adding that the supplies have been distributed to the victims.

On Friday last week, the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA), warned of heavy rains countrywide in the remaining days of this month due to effects of the ongoing Cyclone Fantala in the Indian Ocean.

TMA Director General, Agnes Kijazi, said many parts of the country were likely to be affected by the heavy rains.

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