The Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) on Tuesday issued an alert over oncoming seasonal rains expected to begin in November, saying they might lead to floods and outbreak of water-borne diseases in some parts of the east African nation.
TMA said in a statement that incidences of short periods of heavy rainfall may lead to floods, adding that the seasonal rains will start in November through April 2018.
“There is likelihood of outbreak of water-borne diseases especially in areas with poor sewerage systems over urban areas and in areas with shortage of safe water,” said the statement.
TMA advised local authorities and the community to clean water drainage systems to avoid possible water accumulation due to surface runoff and floods that may cause damage to houses, infrastructure and property, injury and loss of lives.
“Local authorities concerned with public health and individuals are advised to take appropriate health measures needed to minimize the expected negative impacts,” added the statement.
TMA advised disaster management authorities, humanitarian organizations and other stakeholders to take necessary mitigation measures, including good practice in livelihood activities, environmental conservation, land use and urban planning.
The weather agency also appealed for sensitization and enforcement of bylaws and preparedness for effective response to potential negative impacts that may result from the rains.
“The agency will continue to monitor developments of the weather systems and issue necessary updates,” said the statement.
It also urged small-scale miners to take safety precaution, saying excessive water in the soil may trigger landslides and cave-ins. Enditem