Tanzania landslide death toll hits 47
Landslides in northern Tanzania have killed at least 47 people and injured 85 others following landslides caused by torrential rain on Saturday, according to official.
Regional commissioner in the Manyara area of northern Tanzania, Queen Sendiga, spoke to media on Sunday evening and warned that the death toll could rise.
Heavy rains began on Saturday in the town of Katesh, around 300 kilometres north of the capital Dodoma.
The rains caused flooding and then landslides.
After a period of severe drought, East Africa has in recent weeks been hit by torrential rain and flooding, linked to the El Nino weather event.
El Nino’s impact can be exacerbated by climate change, according to scientists.
With the East African region extremely vulnerable to climate change, extreme weather is increasingly likely.
The landslides occurred as global leaders are meeting for the COP28 climate talks in Dubai.
Tanzania’s president Samia Suluhu Hassan offered her condolences to those affected by the landslides and said she had ordered the deployment of resources to help victims.
“I have directed all the government resources for search and rescue efforts in order to avoid more deaths,” said Hassan. “I have also directed all our defence and security agencies to the scene, and the ministry of health to attend to those injured. The mining ministry will also assess areas where mountains have shown signs of collapsing.”