Heavy Rains, Landslide Kills 5 In Southwest District Of Rungwe

At least five people have been killed and many others injured due to landslide after heavy rains in the southwest district of Rungwe.

The injured were taken to the Itete Lutheran Mission Hospital.

Busokelo Division Officer James Mgumba said the landslide was caused by heavy rains on Wednesday midnight. The rain continued for eight long hours on the night. The rains were also accompanied with strong winds.

He added most of the dead were from Busokelo Council in Rungwe District Mbeya region. People were asleep when the landslide happened in the area on the slopes of Mount Rungwe, which is the second highest peak in southern Tanzania.

It is also being reported cattle and food crops have been swept away in landslide due to falling of mass of soil as well as rocks from a steep slope.

Mgumba said assessment of the loses are under process and detail report is awaited to also know number of displaced people.

Rungwe District Commissioner Zainabu Mbiro said the affected areas include Lwangwa and Lupata wards. Rescue team has been sent to the areas and it is ensured affected people would get humanitarian aids as well as accommodation.

Earlier in April 2001 heavy rains caused landslide in Rungwe District in Mbeya Region southern Tanzania. Two people were killed then.

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