ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Villagers in Tanzania’s western district of Nkasi have been living in fear
following the invasion of hippopotamuses strayed from the shores of Lake
Tanganyika, authorities said Friday.
one of the affected villages with hippos in the district located few kilometers
from Lake Tanganyika, the world’s second deepest lake after Lake Baikal in
Salezi, a resident of Kanchui village said that hippos have been roaming around
the village for the past three weeks now.
“People have been living in fears due to the increasing number of hippos that
have been damaging our rice farms.”
villagers, we want the animals confined within their habitat so as to give us
room to continue with our farming activities uninterrupted.”
forced to go inside our houses as early as 5 p.m. for fear of our lives. Hippos
have been storming into our homes every evening, putting our lives in danger,”
the challenge for the villagers is that they are not allowed to kill these
animals as the law is on hippos’ side. “We’re appealing to the responsible
authorities to protect us from hippos that have so far destroyed our
leader in the area, Asante Lubisha said that the hippos stray from the shores of
Lake Tanganyika and causing destruction.
informed district authorities on the new challenge, but there is no quick
response,” said Lubisha, who is also the Kabwe Ward Councilor.
Nkasi District Commissioner also confirmed on the hippos invasion, saying his
office has already dispatched a team of wildlife experts to addressing the
challenge, by ensuring that the animals are chased into their sanctuaries,
without causing harm to villagers.
villagers to be careful with hippos, pledging that the government will end the
problem very soon.
Nkasi is one
of western Tanzania’s districts located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika which
is shared by Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Zambia.
elephant and rhinoceros, the common hippopotamus is the third-largest type of
land mammal and the heaviest extant artiodactyl.
Lightning strike kills five in
DAR ES SALAAM (Xinhua) -- A
lightning strike on Friday killed five people, including two pupils, in
Tanzanian southern region of Lindi, local official said.
strike followed heavy rains that were accompanied by strong winds, said Shaibu
Ndemanga, the Lindi District Commissioner.
added that three people were admitted to hospital following injuries they
sustained after a roof of their house collapsed due to the strong winds.
at least 53 houses were destroyed by the rains leaving at least 250 families
chairman of Muungano Primary School Committee, said the rains destroyed five
classrooms of the school leaving at least 500 pupils stranded with no
following the incident, the school was forced to close down to pave way for
rehabilitation of the classrooms.
know how long the exercise will take, but we hope to do the repairs as quickly
as possible,” said Mohamed.