[Floods in Tanzania archive photo]
DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua): One person was killed and fiver others went missing on Friday after floods triggered by ongoing heavy rains in many parts of Tanzania derailed a cargo train in the country’s central town of Mpwapwa.
Mpwapwa district commissioner Christopher Kangoye said the floods swept away the locomotive engine of the cargo train that was pulling 11 petrol and diesel tankers and nine wagons with different types of cargo.
“The accident occurred at dawn today, and five people are still missing. We suspect that they have been swept away by the floods,” said Kangoye, adding that the train was heading for the lake zone region of Mwanza from the capital Dar es Salaam.
He said the search for the five missing people was continuing.
Kangoye said that two firearms belonging to police officers who were guarding the fateful train had also been swept away by the floods.
“It sounds very strange how the police officers mishandled their arms to the extent of losing them to the floods,” said the district commissioner.
Since last week, more than 10 people have been killed and housed destroyed by floods in different parts of the East African country.
The Tanzania Meteorological Agency has warned that heavy rains, strong winds and thunderstorms will be experienced in the country until April, urging people to vacate from flood-prone areas.
Editor: Shen Qing