Tanzania Floods – 5 Killed in Dar es Salaam after 91mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Five people have been killed in floods in Dar es Salaam region of Tanzania since Friday 20 March 2015, according to Regional Commissioner, Mr Saidi Meck Sadiki.

This recent flood disaster comes just 3 weeks after floods left at least 38 people dead in Shinyanga region in north-western Tanzania.

The floods in Dar es Salaam have forced hundreds from their homes. Initial estimates say that at least 250 houses have been damaged or destroyed.

According to local media, the worst affected areas are Jangwani, Mikocheni, Buguruni, Kinondoni and Kigogo.

Poor drainage systems, often blocked by garbage and waste from local residents and businesses, have been blamed for the recent flooding.

Repeat of 2014

Severe floods hit Dar es Salaam in April 2014. As much as 135 mm of rain fell in 24 hours on 11 April 2014, causing flooding that left at least 10 people dead. Later, authorities estimated that the number of victims could be as high as 40.

Rainfall

Heavy rain has been falling in Dar es Salaam region since Friday 20 March 2015.

WMO report that 91mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 22 March 2015 in Dar es Salaam city. In the city of Mtwara, in Mtwara Region in southeastern Tanzania, 65 mm of rain was recorded during the same period.

Tanzania Meteorological Agency have forecast further heavy rain in various parts of the country until Wednesday 25 March 2015.