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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Tanzania evaluates damage caused by ongoing heavy rains    

DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) -- The government of Tanzania said on Tuesday it has embarked on a nationwide survey aimed at establishing damage to property and infrastructure caused by ongoing heavy rains.

Elias Kwandikwa, the east African nation’s Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, told the National Assembly in the capital Dodoma that the focus of the assessment will be on the extent to which roads and bridges have been damaged by the rains.  

Kwandikwa told the House that the assessment being done by the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS), a state-owned agency overseeing construction and maintenance of roads, will establish the amount of money that will be required to rehabilitate the damaged roads.  

The rains, which began in March, have killed more than 20 people in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s business capital, Arusha, Manyara, Tabora and the Zanzibar archipelago.

The rains have also left hundreds of people homeless, damaged hundreds of hectares of food crops and destroyed property and infrastructure, including schools. 

             

 

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