Tanzania floods kill nearly 60 in first half of month

Nearly 60 people have died since the start of this month in heavy rains and flooding that has hit several parts of Tanzania, the government said.

The coastal region of the East African country is one of the worst affected, with floods damaging thousands of farms there, government spokesperson Mobhare Matinyi said in a statement on Sunday.

“Serious flood effects are experienced in the coast region where 11 people have so far died,” Matinyi added.

He said 58 deaths have been recorded so far from the flooding.

Last Friday, eight schoolchildren died after their bus plunged into a flooded gorge in the north of the country.

April marks the peak of Tanzania’s rainy season. This year has seen the heaviest rainfall of recent years.

The heavy rains have also led to the deaths of at least 13 people and displaced 15 000 in neighbouring Kenya, the United Nations said.

The El Niño weather phenomenon has worsened this year’s seasonal rains, weather experts said. – BBC

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