At least 20 dead and 70 injured in a landslide in Tanzania

Police in Tanzania / Photo EPA-EFE/STR

At least 20 people died and 70 were injured in a landslide caused by heavy rains in the Manyara region of northern Tanzania, local authorities said today.

The most suitable is the city of Katesh, about 300 kilometers north of the capital Dodoma. It is feared that the number of victims may be higher.

The president of Tanzania, Sami Suluhu Hassan, said that medical teams have been sent to Katesh to help the victims.

The heavy rain caused landslides in some areas of Hanang Mountain. The water swept away several residences and other buildings.

After a period of extreme drought, East Africa has been hit for weeks by heavy rains and floods associated with the El Niño climate phenomenon. More than a million people in Somalia and Kenya have been displaced, and over 300 people have died in the floods. The rains also caused extensive damage to roads and other infrastructure in East Africa.

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