17 April 2014: Tanzania – Severe Weather


• Heavy rainfall affected the eastern coasts of Tanzania in the past week, causing floods and casualties. As can be seen in the inset map, between 1 and 15 April the region of Dar-es-Salaam (largest city in the country, pop. 4.3 million) received more than 3 times the usual amount for this period. Rains were heaviest on 9-13 April.

• Extended flooding affected most areas of Dar-es-Salaam; According to the UN Resident Coordinator as of 15 April there were 19 people killed, 465 families displaced and 20 000 affected people. On 16 April local media reported more than 40 people feared dead in the city and another 10 000 without shelter in the areas of Dar-es-Salaam and Morogoro.

• All three administrative districts of the city (Kinondoni, Illala and Temeke) suffered floods, with Kinondoni worst affected. Hundreds of people were reported displaced in a number of neighbourhoods, including Ubungo, Tabata, Magomeni, Msasani and Kinondoni (area). Three major bridges, including one along the Morogoro Road 60km to the west and another on the Bagamoyo Road were damaged.

FORECAST: According to both NOAA and ECMWF, heavy rainfall is expected to continue across eastern Tanzania over the next 7 to 10 days, potentially exacerbating the floods in the Dar-es-Salaam area.

Map Background: OpenStreetMap, GADM2