12 killed by flash floods in Tanzania’s business capital: police

Past flooding in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Deaths have been reported in Lindi, Mwanza, Morogoro and Manyara regions. PHOTO | FILE | AFP
Past flooding in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Twleve people in the city have been confirmed dead after heavy rains. PHOTO | FILE | AFP

At least 12 people have been killed in flash floods caused by ongoing heavy rains in Tanzania’s business capital Dar es Salaam, police said on Thursday.

Lazaro Mambosasa, the Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, said in a statement that the victims died after they were swept away by floods. Two children from the same family were among the victims.

The downpour since Tuesday almost brought the business capital to a standstill after they disrupted transport services and slowed down businesses.

The Tanzania Meteorological Authority issued a weather alert on Tuesday for residents in Dar es Salaam, urging them to brace for more rains in the coming days.

In addition, the police statement said five people from the same family died on Tuesday after their house was gutted by fire in Pugu area of Dar es Salaam.

The statement said the fire was caused by a defective main electric switch.

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