Tanzania Landslides Claim Lives: 47 Dead, 85 Injured

Tanzania Landslides Claim Lives: 47 Dead, 85 Injured

In the aftermath of heavy rain triggering landslides in northern Tanzania, at least 47 people have lost their lives, and 85 others sustained injuries, according to local officials. The town of Katesh, situated about 300 kilometers north of the capital Dodoma, bore the brunt of the flooding on Saturday. The regional commissioner in the Manyara area, Queen Sendiga, conveyed that the death toll has reached 47, while injured individuals number 85. However, warnings persist that the casualty count is likely to rise.

Tanzania’s President Samia Hassan, currently in Dubai for the COP28 climate conference, expressed condolences and ordered enhanced government efforts for rescue operations. East Africa, after facing an unprecedented drought, is now grappling with weeks of incessant rain and floods associated with the El Nino weather phenomenon. This climatic pattern originates in the Pacific Ocean, leading to increased heat globally, causing drought in some regions and heavy rainfall in others. The ongoing El Nino is anticipated to have its most severe impacts towards the end of 2023 and into the following year. Scientists emphasize that human-induced climate change is intensifying extreme weather events, including floods, storms, droughts, and wildfires.


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