Flooding leaves hundreds stranded in Tanzania

Travellers attempt to cross a damaged section of the road at the border of Karatu and Monduli districts in northern Tanzania. PHOTO | THE CITIZEN 

Hundreds of travellers between Mto wa Mbu in Monduli and Karatu in Arusha in northern Tanzania, were temporarily stranded on Sunday after a section of a road was swept away by floods.

The floods were caused by heavy rains that have been pounding northern Tanzania regions for the past one week.

Passengers plying between Karatu and commercial capital Dar es Salaam were stranded for the whole of Sunday.

Monduli and Karatu district commissioners Jowika Kasunga and Felix Ntibenda, respectively had to oversee the reconstruction of the road to allow the vehicles proceed with their journeys.

The situation caused a traffic jam on both sides of the road, mainly used by tourists visiting northern parts of the country.

Meanwhile, more than 15 houses were swept away by floods caused by heavy rains on Saturday night in Arusha and Manyara regions.

Arusha acting regional police commander Ibrahim Kilongo and Babati district commissioner Khalid Mandia said that several people had been rendered homeless.

“Floods at Mbuguni in Arumeru District have destroyed more than six houses by Saturday afternoon,” said Mr Kilongo.

However, Mr Kilongo said police had been dispatched to those areas to assess the situation.

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