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Week-Long Heavy Rain Kills 10, Injures Dozens

In just one week about a dozen people were killed and twenty others injured in northeastern parts of Tanzania due to heavy rains.

According to Tanga Regional Police Commander Benedict Wakulyamba, the ongoing rains have pushed at least 200 people towards homeless. About houses were washed out completely by the running water.

Wakulyamba added more than 250 houses in the region are still flooded and surrounded by water.

It is also reported five cars were buried in the rain and road infrastructures in many places have been destroyed. Traffic between districts are blocked.

Even though the week-long rain is a blessing to the agriculture sector of the country, it has adversely resulted in several parts by flooding the roads, ravaging farms and submerging homes.

The highway connecting Dar es Salaam and Arusha too was blocked for several hours due to water flooding at many points around the Mombo and Mkumbala section.

Lushoto was cut off from the rest of Tanzania due to landslide resulted with heavy rains in the Usambara Mountains.

Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) warned earlier this month about heavy rains due to Cyclone Fantala in the Indian Ocean and the affected areas will include Dar es Salaam, Lindi, Tanga, Morogoro, Mtwara and Zanzibar.

The Southwest Indian Ocean cyclone season usually hits during the months of November and April and Cyclone Fantala is the sixth.

Apart from the side-effects of the rains, the shower will prove beneficial in many parts of the country as the farming sector will yield more this year.

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