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Dar Es Salaam (AFP) Dec 22, 2011
The Tanzanian economic capital Dar es Salaam's heaviest rainfall in more than half a century has caused at least 23 deaths and displaced 5,000 people, officials said Thursday.
"The tragedy has left at least 23 people dead and 4,909 displaced," Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Said Meck Sadick told AFP, warning that the death toll could rise.
"The last time Dar es Salaam recorded such heavy rains was in 1954," Tanzania Meteorology Agency director Agnes Kijazi said at a press conference of the downpour that has hit the city over the past few days.
The east African country's President Jakaya Kikwete visited several of the camps set up in the city to shelter the flood victims and urged those living in affected areas to leave their homes.
"Floods in these low lying areas have been recurring for years, the lasting solution is to vacate the flood prone areas," he said.
"It is high time that responsible authorities including city planners, mayors and councilors stopped issuing permits for developers to erect structures in such areas," Kikwete added.
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Disease fears as Philippines flood toll tops 1,000
Cagayan De Oro, Philippines (AFP) Dec 21, 2011
Survivors of devastating Philippines flash floods face a growing threat of disease including cholera and typhoid, officials warned Wednesday as the death toll rose above a thousand. Some 44,000 people who fled as huge torrents swept away shanty towns in the nation's south are packed in evacuation camps without proper sanitation, and officials fear the sites are potential breeding grounds for ... read more
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