Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Floods cause delay at Mwanza Airport

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

HUNDREDS of passengers were on Monday stranded at Mwanza Airport for several hours after heavy rains led to floods at the facility and suspension of flights.

The 'Daily News' witnessed hundreds of stranded passengers at the Mwanza Airport who were waiting for the situation to return to normal.

Officials said the situation was caused by torrential rains and could not easily be avoided.

The Acting Mwanza Airport Manager, Mr David Matovolwa, told this paper that heavy rains that began on Sunday evening led to floods in most parts of the airport compound.

"When it reached on Monday at 9.10 a.m the area was heavily flooded and hence we declared a closure of all activities and that means no flights were allowed to land or take off from here," said the manager.

The manager said the aircraft that suspended landing due to the floods included, Dash 8, CRJ 540 that were travelling from Kahama to Bulyankulu and Dar es Salaam to Mwanza respectively.

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