Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Heavy Rainfall Hit Mtwara, Singida Regions

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Flooding in Dar es Salaam (file photo).

Mtwara — A HEAVY rainfall in Mtwara Municipality has left various areas flooded and several families were forced out of their homes on Thursday night.

Mtwara District Commissioner, William Ndile, toured various areas and promised that the district authority would find temporary measures to deal with the situation. "I have ordered district engineers to find ways of assisting people pump water from their houses as an emergency plan.

We are looking for lasting solution to the matter," he said. He said that the problem with Mtwara district is that most of the areas are located in basins and that it was difficult to effectively put in place a sewage system.

"Most of the areas in my district are basins and that is to say that they are under the sea level, therefore any move to hollow out a channel to the sea would cause the sea water to flaw to people's homes," he said.

He, however, admitted that the district has no sewage system and thus making most of its roads look flooded during rain seasons. He named the affected areas as Nandope, Kiangu, Chuno, Skoya and Nabwada. No death reports in those areas were reported.

The 'Daily News' witnessed residents of these areas moving around with their DC, showing him the magnitude of the problem and asking him to assist. "We are asking you to help us in getting this water out of our homes, we promise to provide any support to officials from your office," said Hamis Mtanda, a resident of Nandope whose house was surrounded by water.

The ongoing rains here are caused by the existence of a tropical cyclone-'FELLENG'- in Madagascar as announced earlier by the Tanzania Me- teorological Authority (TMA), that it would cause heavy rain in nine regions, Mtwara being one of them. Other regions which were named in the danger list include Rukwa, Iringa, Mbeya, Njombe, Ruvuma, Morogoro, Lindi, Coast and neighbouring areas.

The situation is caused by the existence of tropical cyclone "FELLENG" over the North-East of Madagascar which is pulling moisture-rich air from Congo through the regions in question. A statement released by TMA noted that the rains were expected to be heavy (above 50 mm in 24hrs) and expected to occur in three days consecutively.

"Residents of high-risk areas, users of land and sea and disaster management institutions are advised to take nec- essary precautions," read the statement in part. Early last month the authority announced that the on- going off-season rains would continue to come down until March, this year.

The TMA Director General, Dr Agnes Kijazi, was quoted cautioning members of the public to take precaution- ary measures for their safety and that of their property.

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