DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Thousands of
passengers in Tanzania intending to travel to and from Dar es
Salaam in mainland and Zanzibar were left stranded on Tuesday
following the cancellation of marine transport services owing to
strong winds and waves in the Indian Ocean.
service provider, Azam Marine and Kilimanjaro Fast Ferries
company, announced the suspension of the services until further
notice, much to the consternation of many would-be passengers,
The travel firm said in a statement that it would resume the
services only after being given the green light by the Tanzania
Meteorological Agency (TMA) and marine transport regulatory
Japhet Loisimaye, Director General of the Tanzania Shipping
Agencies Corporation, said an average of 4,500 passengers travel
by boat between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar on a daily basis.
According to Loisimaye, Azam Marine and Kilimanjaro Fast
Ferries company alone served around 4,000 passengers, while the
remaining 500 used boats operated by other companies.
Samwel Mbuya, TMA’s Manager of Weather Forecasting Services,
confirmed that the strong winds and waves were likely to
continue until Wednesday at the earliest.
Mbuya said periodic winds exceeding 40 kilometers per hour
will persist over parts of Tanga, Coast, Dar es Salaam, Lindi
and Mtwara regions.
Last week, TMA issued an alert over impending heavy rains in
some parts of the east African nation starting from the second
week of November.
Agnes Kijazi, TMA Director General, said the imminent heavy
rains were expected to hit western, central, southern western,
southern highlands and southern coast.
"Disaster management authorities are advised to prepare a
contingency plan as well as budget necessary to cater for any
negative impacts that the rains might cause," Kijazi told a news
conference in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
Kijazi also urged health authorities to take relevant
precautions because there was a possibility of an outbreak of
epidemic diseases during the period.
Fourteen people were killed by torrential rains and flooding
in Dar es Salaam in April last year.