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Death toll rises to 15 as floods hit Tanzania

20:30 17-04-2018
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The death toll due to floods caused by incessant downpour in various parts of Tanzania rose to 15 on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reports.

At least 250 houses in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s business capital, Arusha, Manyara, Tabora and Zanzibar were destroyed in the downpours. The number may rise as the country continues receiving heavy rainfall for the fourth day in a row.

Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda confirmed that nine people have died.

“An assessment through helicopter confirms serious damage to homes and infrastructure. Nine people have died and at least six have been injured,” said Lazaro Mambosasa, a police officer commanding Dar es Salaam special zone

Wilbrod Mtafungwa, a police officer commanding Tabora region, said three people have died until today.

Two people are reported dead in Arusha region, Tanzania’s northern tourist city, and one died in Manyara region.

Most of the victims are those living in lowland areas and the authorities have urged people to shift from the valleys to other places.