Flooding in southeastern Tanzania's Lindi region has killed 21 people, totally destroyed 1 746 homes and left more than 15 000 homeless, as of Monday, February 3, 2020. Five people remain missing.
The media, which quoted local government sources, said 15 096 have been displaced, with around 8 000 seeking shelter in evacuating centers since late January when the floods started.
Kilwa, Liwale, and Ruangwa districts in Lindi were hit the worst, according to the Red Cross. In Kilwa, 500 trapped individuals were awaiting evacuation.
"The flash floods have caused major damage to local infrastructure, livelihoods, and personal properties," said the organization, adding that about 201 ha (495 acres) of farmland was ravaged, and some areas were only accessible by boat.
"Kutokana na shida ya miundombinu tunatumia helicopter ya Jeshi la Wananchi kupeleka chakula, dawa na mahitaji mengine kwa wahanga wa mafuriko katika vijiji vya Nanjirinji, Mavuji, Mbwemkulu, Likawage na vingine." - Christopher Ngubiagai, Mkuu wa Wilaya ya Kilwa.#VoBUPDATES pic.twitter.com/v2IZYiSG21— Voice of Bongo (@voiceofbongo) February 2, 2020
"The area is prone to waterborne and communicable diseases and due to contaminated water sources and limited access to basic services for evacuees, there is an increased risk of a waterborne disease outbreak."
According to the Tanzanian ITV broadcaster, officials will provide humanitarian aid to the affected areas by helicopter and aircraft.
Heavy rains since January 27 caused local rivers to overflow, resulting in floods spreading across the region.
An alert for heavy rain was issued for southern regions Lindi, Iringa, Ruvuma, and Mtwara into Tuesday, February 4.
In late January, flooding in central Tanzania's Iringa region claimed at least three lives and left 300 homeless. Flooding was also reported in the regions of Dodoma and Songwe.
In 2019, two months of incessant rains inundated villages and farms, sending rivers of mud into homes across East Africa which killed at least 265.
Thousands of people in Tanzania have been left homeless due to flooding.— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) February 2, 2020
21 people killed in Lindi as a result of the floods according to media reports.
Meanwhile this is a video from Sumbawanga District.
(Video: Azam TV) pic.twitter.com/J8BwzE0ca1
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