Dar Es Salaam Floods – Death Toll Rises, Water Shortages Hit

Local media in Tanzania are reporting that the death toll from the recent flood disaster in Dar es Salaam (reported here) could rise to 41. The figure was announced by Saidi Meck Sadiki, Chairman of the Regional Defence and Security Committee. He said that 25 deaths have been confirmed by local police, and there are 16 people still missing.

Work has now begun on repairing damage to transport infrastructure, including some bridges that were destroyed by the flooding. The Mpiji Bridge was particularly badly hit and may take longer to complete any repair work. A statement issued by the Tanzania Ministry of Works said, “For the past three days, officials at the ministry as well as the Tanzania National Roads Agency were working around the clock to connect Dar es Salaam to other parts of the country after bridges were washed away with rains,”

Meanwhile some residents of Dar es Salaam are suffering from water shortages as a result of floods damaging 2 of the local water pumping stations at Upper Ruvu and Mtoni. Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Corporation (Dawasco) are said to be waiting until the flood waters have receded before they can begin repair work on the damaged pipes and pumps.

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Car swept away in the floods, Dar es Salaam, 13 April 2014. Photo: kasujja @ twitter

Source: Daily News Tanzania