MORE than 19 families in Mpanda town, Katavi region have been rendered homeless, after heavy rains accompanied by strong winds swept away their houses.
The rains accompanied with lighting begun on Wednesday night lasted for an hour, forcing some residents along Airtel Street to abandon their houses and seek shelter in other safer places. Katavi Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Dhahiri Kadavashari said that two children have sustained injuries, after walls and other flying objects fell on them.
He named the wounded kids as Daud Kinodi (6) who is still admitted to Mpanda District Health centre for treatment and Grace Beda (4) was treated and discharged.
According to Mr Kadavashari the affected 19 families are among 412 residents who were evacuated from Kashaulili village to Airtel area to pave way for the expansion and upgrading of Mpanda airport.
The government spent more than 1bn/- to compensate them. Mpanda District Commissioner, Pazi Mwamalima accompanied with Mpanda District Medical Officer Dr Hussein Yahya and Member of Parliament for Mpanda Urban Constituency, Mr Said Amour Arfi visited the area and consoled the affected families.
Mr Arfi has already provided the affected families with 19 bags of maize, while other arrangements to help the affected people are still in the pipeline, added the RPC.
Airtel Street Chairperson, Mr Peter Kasanda who is among the victims said they have lost some of their properties, including TV and radio sets, mattresses, mobile phone handsets, and other items were completely damaged by the storm.