Tanzania – 3 Dead, 100s Displaced After Floods in Mbeya, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro Regions

A week of heavy rain and flooding has left at least 3 dead and hundreds homeless in Tanzania. The worst hit areas are in the regions of Mbeya, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro Region

In Moshi town, located on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro Region, at least 50 people were displaced by the floods brought by the heavy precipitation, local news reports. District authorities confirmed that homes and buildings had been damaged or destroyed and assured victims that that the District Disaster Management committee was formulating rescue and relief plans.

Mbeya Region

On Tuesday 12 April, 2016, heavy rainfall was reported in several parts of Tanzania. Tukuyu, Mbeya Region in the south of the country recorded 183.2 mm of rainfall in 24 hours. Other areas of the region have also been badly hit and crops of cocoa, palm oil and rice have all been adversely affected.

Xinhua, the Chinese news agency, reports that two people have been confirmed dead while hundreds of others have been rendered homeless in Tanzania’s southwest district of Kyela following a continuous downpour that hit the area for almost one week. Schools have been closed, leaving over 6,000 children without education.

Authorities in the area described this year’s floods as the worst since 1998, says Xinhua.

Zanzibar

At least one person has died and many displaced after their houses were flooded after torrential rain fell from 16 April in the Zanzibar region. At least 300 houses have been damaged by the floods in districts of Zanzibar municipality, according to local media.

Rainfall and Forecasts

Significant rainfall figures (24 hours)

18 April: Zanzibar / Kisauni – 89.1 mm
16 April: Zanzibar / Kisauni – 59.0 mm
15 April: Mtwara, Mtwara Region – 39.0 mm
13 April: Zanzibar / Kisauni – 76.0 mm
12 April: Tukuyu, Mbeya Region – 183.2 mm

On 13 April, the Tanzania Meteorological Agency issued a warning of severe weather in most parts of the country, with possible rainfall of 50mm in 24 hours expected in many areas until 16 April.

The Meteorological agency has since issued a weather forecast of continued heavy precipitation in many parts of the country in the coming days.

Featured image: File Photo: River in Karatu, Arusha, Tanzania. Photo credit: Stéphan Coquelet