38 dead in Tanzania floods

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Tanzania has killed, at least, 38 people and left hundreds of oth­ers homeless, police in the Shin­yanga region have told the BBC.

The downpours were accom­panied by hail and strong winds meaning many people had no chance of escaping, senior po­lice officer Justus Kamugisha said.

The rains have severely dam­aged mud houses and blocked roads, making rescue opera­tions difficult, he added.

More than 60 rescued people are being treated for their inju­ries in hospital.

The BBC’s Hassan Mhelela in Tanzania says most people in Shinyanga make their living by subsistence farming.

But the weather has wreaked havoc on the landscape and crops of maize and cotton have been destroyed and livestock killed, he says.

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