38 Dead After Floods in Tanzania

AFP and BBC are reporting that floods have killed 38 people in Kahama district, Shinyanga region in north-western Tanzania. Around 80 others have been injured in the floods which struck late on Tuesday 03 March 2015 after torrential rain, hail and high winds.

Officials estimate that around 3,500 people have been affected by the floods. Homes, roads, crops and livestock have all been severely damaged. Police and authorities are still assessing damage and searching for survivors.

The Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest and richest city, was hit by severe floods in April last year, where at least 41 people were thought to have died.

In march last year, heavy rainfall caused deadly flooding in Tanzania’s Arusha and Dodma regions.

The BBC report for the recent floods in Shinyanga can be found here.