Tanzania’s weather agency on Tuesday renewed its alert warning over imminent destructive heavy rains in the country’s nine regions.
In its latest weather forecast, the Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) said the rains were expected to begin Tuesday in Rukwa, Mbeya, Songwe, Njombe, Iringa, Morogoro, Ruvuma, Mtwara and Lindi regions. TMA said the rains were expected to damage infrastructure and property in some of the regions, adding that some houses and farms were likely to be swept away by flash floods.
“There will also be disruptions in transportation, businesses and service delivery in some of the regions,” said the state-run weather watchdog. Earlier on Tuesday, an official reported that about 3,500 houses and 6,600 hectares of farms have been swept away by flash floods caused by ongoing rains in Tanzania’s Rufiji district in Coast region. Evarist Ndikilo, Coast regional commissioner, said hundreds of affected residents were being accommodated in makeshift shelters and public places such as schools.