Tanzania – 400 Displaced and 1 Dead After Floods in Mwanza and Dodoma – Further Flood Warnings Issued

Several periods of heavy rainfall in Tanzania since 14 January 2016 have caused flooding in the regions of Mwanza and Dodoma, according to local media.

At least 400 people have been displaced in Dodoma municipality after 70 houses were destroyed or damaged after heavy rain between 17 and 18 January 2016.

In Mwanza region, a young boy died when he was swept away by flood water in the city of Mwanza, after heavy rain between 14 and 15 January.

Some minor flooding was also reported in Dar es Salaam between 20 and 21 January 2016.

Flood Warnings

Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) warned that further heavy rainfall is expected, with over 50 mm in 24 hours possible in some places, including Lindi, Mtwara and southern parts of Pwani and Morogoro regions. TMA said that due to the heavy rain from previous weeks, additional rains are very likely to cause floods.

Rainfall Figures

Figures according to WMO for a 24 hour period.

20 to 21 January 2016:
Kigoma, Kigoma Region – 90 mm

19 to 20 January 2016:
Zanzibar – 84 mm

17 to 18 January 2016:
Dodoma – 60.9 mm
Tabora, Tabora Region – 72 mm
Mtwara, Mtwara Region – 66.1 mm