Floods kill nine people in Tanzania

The heavy downpour witnessed in Tanzania’s commercial capital has led to the loss of at least nine lives after rains flooded homes and roads.

While speaking to journalists on Monday, Dar es Salaam police chief Lazaro Mambosasa noted that the people died as a result of heavy rainfall over the past three days

Television footage has since showed residents seeking shelter on rooftops. Authorities have ordered schools to be closed for two days starting on Tuesday to assess infrastructure damage.

Dar es Salaam, a coastal city of 5 million, suffers from frequent floods due to poor public drainage systems and unplanned housing settlements.

The state-run meteorological agency said seasonal rains were expected to continue until May.