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20 die in Tanzania floods: officials

by Staff Writers
Dar Es Salaam (AFP) Nov 11, 2009
Floods and landslides after three days of torrential rains killed at least 20 people and left 10 missing in northern Tanzania's Kilimanjaro region, officials said.

Seven schoolchildren were among the dead in the village of Goha, according to local official Ibrahim Marwa.

Seven houses in the village were engulfed by mud and water, the official said. Eighteen bodies were retrived from damaged houses in Goha early Wednesday and two bodies were later seen floating in a nearby river.

"We are still looking for more bodies or missing people," he added.

"There were heavy rains for three days that led to floods and landslides," said Tanzania Meteorological Agency official Philbert Tibaijuka.

In the late 1980s, floods and landslides hit the Makonde Plateau in southern Tanzania's Lindi and Mtwara regions, killing several people.

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