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Heavy rain for Tanzanian students

Learners in Tanzanian schools discuss how the recent heavy rainfall has had both a positive and negative effect on homes and farms in their community.

Their comments coincide with the second day of the UN's Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

By Salama, 16
For BBC News School Report

Two students in Tanzania standing with microphone
Students gathered information from classs-mates and community members

The people of the Dodoma region have got into trouble after heavy rain.

It started on the last Sunday of November with high pressure and winds.

Local people have been praying for rain for a long time, but now the rain has come they are asking if this is a blessing or something else which has come to destroy the community.

The rain at Dodoma seemed to be bad after destroying families' houses and causing them to worry about where they are going to live.

A student at our secondary school said: "Everyday we were praying for rain, and when we saw the climate change we knew we could have rain. But it was different, this rain is not a blessing, but dangerous to our life completely. If it was to continue to rain like this Tanzania will lose a lot of people."

By Shaban
For BBC News School Report

The people from the Dodoma region hope to survive from hunger after long droughts in the region this year.

From January to November there was no rain, which led people to suffer looking for food.

Because of the droughts, animals have died and so people have been eating fruit.

One of the bad affects has been the increase of food prices. This has made me feel sad to see people pay high prices for fruit and some cannot afford the price.

By Gifty, 13
For BBC News School Report

The government should support the people... who are affected with this problem
Tanzanian resident

In November it started to rain and it has continued until now.

According to that rainfall, people are looking at rain in different ways and are starting to think that the El Niño rainfall has started.

Houses have collapsed and people miss their settlement.

I got a chance to speak to one of the people whose house collapsed, she told me her story:

"My house collapsed because of the high rainfall. Many years ago, there was no rainfall but this year there is a higher rainfall. The government should support the people and supply grants or credit to the people who are affected with this problem"

By Maria, 16, Chalinze Secondary School
For BBC News School Report

When the rain started on Sunday in November it meant that people had to clean their farms for cultivation and try to protect themselves.

Students in Tanzania classroom
Students opinion in Dodoma is divided on the rainfall

At first, people were happy with the rain but then disturbances happened like houses collapsing which has made it difficult for them to do their activities.

Rain causes the water to stay on the road and makes it difficult for people to move from one place to another.

Rain also makes it difficult for people to do things like recreation and other exercise.

It is the responsibility of every person in every region in the country to look after natural resources.

By Danian
For BBC News School Report

The blessing in the region of Dodoma happened when it started to rain in the whole region.

I was talking to one of the farmers in the region and he said he is very happy because the rain returned and it started to rain on his farm.

That farmer was very happy when he talked with me.

The students at these schools are taking part in BBC News School Report with the support of the British Council through their Connecting Classrooms initiative. Find out how UK students trained African teachers to be journalists, enabling them to cascade the learning to their own students.

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