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Flash Floods Close Key Tanzanian Highway: Tropical Cyclone Hidaya’s Impact

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  • An official reported that Tanzania’s 396-kilometer highway, linking the port city of Dar es Salaam with the southern regions of Lindi and Mtwara, was closed on Sunday due to the destruction of at least four main bridges caused by flash floods.
  • Mwasabeja further explained that the floods had washed away bridges spanning the Mbwemkuru, Somanga, Mikereng’ende, and Matandu Rivers in Kilwa district, located within the Lindi region.

An official reported that Tanzania’s 396-kilometer highway, linking the port city of Dar es Salaam with the southern regions of Lindi and Mtwara, was closed on Sunday due to the destruction of at least four main bridges caused by flash floods.

Joseph Mwasabeja, commander of the Tanzania Fire and Rescue Force for the Lindi region, confirmed the closure, stating, “The highway has been shut down until further notice.” He attributed the flash floods to heavy overnight rainfall triggered by Tropical Cyclone Hidaya, which had weakened significantly after making landfall on Mafia Island the previous Saturday.

Mwasabeja further explained that the floods had washed away bridges spanning the Mbwemkuru, Somanga, Mikereng’ende, and Matandu Rivers in Kilwa district, located within the Lindi region.

Mohamed Nyundo, commissioner of Kilwa district, added that the floods had inundated numerous houses in seven villages, leading to the displacement of many residents and causing extensive damage to agricultural crops across hundreds of hectares of farmland.

The Tanzania Meteorological Authority had earlier announced on Saturday night that Tropical Cyclone Hidaya had dissipated completely after hitting Mafia Island. The cyclone had been anticipated to affect various coastal regions along the Indian Ocean, including Mtwara, Lindi, Coast, Tanga, and Dar es Salaam.

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