Authorities in northern Tanzania on Wednesday blamed unplanned settlements as the main cause of floods, which forced scores of people to flee their flooded homes on Tuesday.

Jerry Muro, Arumeru District Commissioner said the effects of the water would have been minimal if people built houses in accordance with the approved plan.

“The floods were a result of unplanned settlements blocking waterways. Some people have built houses and walls along the usual waterways, something which contributes to floods in their localities,” Muro said when speaking during his visit to the flood victims in the Arusha city.

Muro called on residents to adhere to construction guidelines issued by planners.

“I also, urge all people residents residing in flood-prone areas to relocate to safer places,” he said.

“We should start constructing houses in accordance with guidance from the city planners,” he insisted.

On Tuesday, Arusha was one of the affected areas with floods caused by heavy rains that hit entire northern Tanzania, making major highways impassable. Enditem

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