By Emmanuel Onyango
AT least eight people are reported to have drowned following the heavy downpour that pounded the city for nearly three consecutive days, the Dar es salaam Regional Commissioner said today.
The RC also instructed head of schools in the city to suspend schools in Dar es Salaam for two days following heavy rains as the city assess the aftermath. He said today as he toured various locations in the city to assess the damage caused by the rains.
He said the rains have destroyed a number of infrastructural that would be lined up for upgrading when the it stops.
“This unpredictable situation has caused tension which has increased among residents who resides in valleys especially at Jangwani area as houses are submerged,” he said.
Among the areas he visited include the prone Msimbazi and Jangwani valley saying his office continue to receive reports caused by the rains.
The RC also directed people living in the valleys to vacate their areas following reports from Tanzania Meteorological Agency that more rains were expected this month which risked their lives.
A quick check by Azania Post found out that a police helicopter was patrolling the skies to assess the extent of the damage along the Msimbazi River Valley which was heavily flooded.
Transport in the city was also temporarily crippled following the floods at the Jangwani valley in the city after a stretch of road connecting Magomeni Mapipa and Kariakoo got submerged.
The taskforce Jamanath based in Dar es Salaam was quickly deployed to rescue survivors and those stuck by the floods.