DAR ES SALAAM, March 17 (Xinhua) -- At least 3,500 houses and 6,600 hectares of farms have been swept away by flash floods in one week caused by ongoing rains in Tanzania's Rufiji district in the Coast Region, an official said on Tuesday.
Evarist Ndikilo, the Coast regional commissioner, said hundreds of affected residents were being accommodated in shelters and public places such as schools.
Ndikilo said the coast region defense and security committee headed by himself visited the affected areas and held talks with the victims.
"Most of the residents in the district are worried by an impending food shortage to be caused by the devastation of their farms," said Ndikilo.
He mentioned mostly affected villages as Muhoro, Shela, Ikwiriri, Umwe and Chumbi, adding that none of the residents in affected villages were killed or injured by the floods.
Ndikilo said regional authorities were making arrangements to allocate the victims with new plots at an area owned by the state-run Tanzania Forest Services Agency.
Ongoing heavy rains in Tanzania have killed more than 40 people, destroyed over 1,750 houses and displaced over 15,000 people.