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Severe floods kill 5, leave crop damage and thousands homeless, Tanzania

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Flooding in Tanzania has killed five people and forced about 2 500 to flee their homes after a week of torrential rain in the country's south. Paddy crops have been destroyed giving rise to fears that food shortages are imminent, local media report.

Schools have closed in Kyela, a district on the border of Lake Malawi, and families fled to shelters after losing everything in the rising waters, an official said late last week.

"The damage from these floods is enormous," Salome Magambo, the district's administrative secretary, told AFP.

"Since the beginning of the week, we have reported five people killed and 2 570 homeless, some of whom are staying with friends or in schools and churches."

Food and medical services have been extended to those stranded, she added.

Farming land in the district known for its rice production has also been inundated, destroying crops and raising fears of food shortages in coming months.

Reports said food and medical services have been extended to those stranded. Torrential rain and subsequent flooding have caused extensive damage. 

In April 2018 at least 14 people were killed after record-breaking rains hit Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's economic capital.

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