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UAE issues travel alert to Tanzania

The UAE Embassy on Sunday warned travellers over torrential rainfall that hit east African country

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Dubai: The UAE Embassy has issued a weather advisory to passengers travelling to Tanzania, announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC).

The ministry took to Twitter to make the announcement on Sunday, as it cautioned Emiratis over torrential rainfall and bad weather that has affected the eastern coast of Africa during the last few days. 

Emiratis are urged to call the ministry’s 24-hour “my presence” hotline number 800 44444 in the event of an emergency.

Travellers were also reminded to sign up to the Tawajudi “my presence”, where Emiratis can register their locations while travelling, on a secure and confidential ministry website, which would allow the government to assist them in emergencies.

Since last Wednesday, 14 people have died as a result of days of torrential rains and flooding in Dar es Salaam, according to AFP.

"The balance sheet has worsened. This morning, we have reached 14 killed," city police chief Lazaro Mambosasa told reporters.

The number of deaths have been slowly rising as heavy rains lashed out against the east African nation in the weekend.