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Floods in Tanzania have killed 155 people, while heavy rains continue in East Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Floods in Tanzania caused by weeks of heavy rain have killed 155 people and affected more than 200,000 others, the prime minister said Thursday.

That is more than double the number of deaths reported two weeks ago, as rainfall increases, especially in the coastal area and the capital Dar es Salaam.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa told parliament that the El Niño climate pattern has worsened the ongoing rainy season, causing flooding and destroying roads, bridges and railways. Flooded schools have been closed and emergency services have rescued people stranded by floodwaters.

Majaliwa warned those living in low-lying areas to move to higher ground and urged district officials to ensure that facilities meant for those whose homes were washed away reach those who need the supplies. He said more than 51,000 households have been affected by the rain.

The East African region is experiencing heavy rainfall, and flooding has also been reported in neighboring Burundi and Kenya.

35 people were killed in Kenya on Monday, and the number is expected to rise as flooding continues across the country.

At least four bodies were recovered from flooded houses in the Mathare slum in the capital Nairobi on Wednesday. Local media reported that more bodies had been recovered from the Mathare River.

Kenyan President William Ruto chaired a multi-agency meeting on flood response on Thursday and directed the National Youth Service to provide land to people in flood-affected areas.