20 January 2013

Tanzania: 19 Families Homeless As Rain Pounds Rukwa

Sumbawanga — MORE than 19 families from Ntendo Village in Sumbawanga Municipality have been rendered homeless after their houses were destroyed by heavy rains, accompanied by strong winds that swept across the area on Friday evening.

The heavy rains that lasted for about an hour wreaked havoc among residents in the village who abandoned their homes and sought refuge in other safer places.

Rukwa Regional Commissioner, Ms Stella Manyanya told the 'Sunday News' over the phone that though there were no fatalities three people whose names could not be immediately established were wounded and rushed to Rukwa Regional Hospital, in Sumbawanga town, for treatment and are said to be in a stable condition.

It is said that some of the houses' roofs were ripped off while walls of other houses collapsed. According to the RC, an assessment to determine the extent of the damage, caused by the rain, will be carried out on Sunday.

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