By Amini Nyaungo
AT least seven people are reported dead and a number of houses destroyed as heavy rains pound Dar es Salaam for three consecutive days.
The Tanzania Meteorological Agency had warned of heavy downpour saying people needed to remain indoors.
The heavy downpour has also paralyzed a number of schools which have been suspended temporarily among them include MC Clean Nursery and Primary school and Feza Schools.
Transport communication has also been a problem as the famous Dar es Salaam Rapid Transport (DART) which transports at least 500,000 passengers on daily basis in Dar es Salaam also announced the suspension of a route to the central business district.
Traffic Jams have been the norm of the day for the past three days of heavy rains in Dar es Salaam city.
A number of bridges and roads have been rendered impassable due to heavy floods like at Jangwani area, Mikocheni close to Nyerere bus stand, Kinondoni and Tabata areas among others.
Azania Post made a quick check around Jangwani area at Kariakoo where a number of DART buses were packed a pool of water at its Jangwani bus stand.
Reached for comment regarding the continuing rains and the disaster it might have caused, the Dar es Salaam Special Police Commander Lazaro Mambosasa said until today, seven people have been reported dead in Kinondoni, Temeke and Ilala districts.
“We have received reports that seven people have died in the different parts of the city,” he said.
He warned parents to be careful with their children and guard them against playing in flooded areas.