Friday, November 13, 2009

Tanzania hit by deadly landslide

A landslide has killed at least 20 people in Tanzania after a torrential downpour triggered a flash flood.

Seven schoolchildren are among the dead and more people are missing, local officials said. Rescuers are digging out bodies in the village of Goha, Kilimanjaro province, which was swamped when the side of a mountain collapsed on Tuesday night. Until the four days of rain came, eastern Africa has been battling a drought for the past two years. "A landslide with a big chunk of mountain collapsed... and came down and fell on about seven houses," regional commissioner Monica Mbega told the Reuters news agency.

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