Record rainfall hits Tanzania, causing widespread flooding

Record-breaking rainfall hit parts of Tanzania, the most flood-affected country in eastern Africa, over the past couple of days, causing widespread flooding, mudslides and major travel disruptions. More than 170 mm (6.7 inches) of rain was measured in Dar es Salaam within 24 hours on Thursday, more than two times the country’s average October rainfall.

According to Hellen Msemo, senior meteorologist at the Tanzania Meteorology Authority, the worst affected was Tanzania’s northern coast. “Much of the infrastructure has been damaged, and the main highway to the nation’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, has been cut off from the north of the country,” Msemo said.

Source: Record rainfall hits Tanzania, causing widespread flooding

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