Director General for Tanzania Meteorological Agency, Dr Agnes Kijazi Director General for Tanzania Meteorological Agency, Dr Agnes Kijazi

TMA Director General Agnes Kijazi said in the city that though some parts of the city experienced sunny periods yesterday, heavy rainfall exceeding 50 millimetres in 24 hours should be expected until May 25.

?TMA will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates when necessary, for community members to take precaution measures,? she said.

Last week, the agency listed regions that were likely to experience heavy downpour as Dar es Salaam, Lindi, Mtwara, Coast and Unguja Island.

The downpours have kept pounding on the city for almost three days consecutively, leaving its already fragile infrastructure in disaster and over 100 houses were submerged, leaving 300 people homeless.

The areas that were hard hit included Tegeta, Kawe, Sinza, Msasani, Masaki, Oysterbay, Kinondoni, Tandale, Mbezi and Kimara.

Accompanied by lightning and strong winds, the rains brought most businesses to the standstill as many residents could not reach their workplaces.

As many roads were rendered impassable, transport was paralysed and people spent many hours in traffic jams, and police had to step in to manage the crisis.

Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner (RC) Saidi Mecky Sadiki, said on Friday that relevant authorities in the region and all those in authority should not allow flood victims to occupy public places such as schools and bus stands, which is causing a lot of trouble and nuisance to students and the public at large.

?It is unfair for people to occupy school buildings and disrupt students and pupils? lessons,? he pointed out. Meanwhile, the death toll due to the ongoing rainfalls in the city reached 11 as of Sunday.

Dar es Salaam Special Zone Commissioner of Police (CP) Suleiman Kova told the ?Daily News? by phone that until Sunday morning, the number of people who died due to the rains pouring over the city reached to 11 after a 13- year old boy, reportedly died on the spot after the wall of their house collapsed on him.

Mr Kova said the deceased was identified as Eradius Mlugulu (13), a Form One pupil at Kigogo Mpera Secondary School and a resident of Mburahati Kwa Shebe area in Kinondoni Municipality.

According to Mr Kova, the incident occurred at around 9:45 am when a wall collapsed on the deceased in a house in which he was living with his paternal uncle, mentioned as Alexander Dimoso.

?It is a very sad event, which was caused by the heavy rains that have been pouring within and outside of the city, leading residents to lose their relatives and many others left homeless after their houses were either submerged or destroyed by the rains,? said Mr Kova.

He said the body of the deceased is preserved at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) pending postmortem before burial.

The zonal police chief confirmed other deaths, which he said occurred before the weekend. He urged city residents to continue taking precaution as the rains were still going on as also advised by the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA).

By HILDA MHAGAMA and JIMMY LWANGILI, Tanzania Daily News

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