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Flash floods have killed over 38 in north-western Tanzania, according to initial reports. On Wednesday, a press release from the president’s office stated flash floods, with gale force winds and large hail, destroyed villages in region.
At least an additional 82 individuals have been injured in the flash floods that swept through the Shinyanga region of Tanzania on Tuesday night. Jakaya Kikwete, the president of Tanzania, stated flash floods, which resulted in an unbelievably terrible aftermath, have affected and displaced over 3,500 people. Moreover, gravel roads, the main transportation routes between villages in the region, were destroyed and swept away, isolating villagers from immediate aid.
Local news reporters interviewed law enforcement officers who said the flash floods also ruined farms and crops in the agricultural region, around 600 miles from the commercial area of Dar es Salaam.
Many areas of Tanzania have been nearly-leveled by previous flash floods, while the long rainy season comes into play. The president said the season runs from March to May and people in the north-western area should prepare for more strong storms.
By Alex Lemieux
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