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28 Apr 2020 | 01:12 AM UTC

Tanzania: Heavy rain forecast in most regions until April 30 /update 1

Tanzania News Alert

Tanzania Meteorological Authority forecasts heavy rain in most regions until at least April 30; associated flooding and disruptions likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/27/2020, 12:00 AM until 4/30/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Dar_es_Salaam). COUNTRY/REGION Tanzania, Kilimanjaro region, Arusha region

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Event

The Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) forecasts heavy rain in most regions of the country until at least Thursday, April 30, including Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Iringa, Katavi, Kagera Lindi, Mbeya, Mwanza, Pwani, Rukwa, Ruvuma, Songwe, Tabora, Tanga, and Zanzibar regions. Associated flooding, landslides, and transportation disruptions are to be expected nationwide, particularly in the abovementioned areas.

Heavy rainfall in the regions of Arusha and Kilimanjaro led to flooding and landslides, killing at least two people and displacing around 2700 residents, between April 24 to April 27. In Arumeru district (Arusha region), around 50 houses were destroyed, with several roads blocked by landslides. Authorities in Kilimanjaro region also reported significant infrastructural damage, with the majority of those displaced coming from the area.

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions, anticipate transportation and business disruptions, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.

 

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