Kenya to do­nate blan­kets, iron sheets and mat­tresses to Tan­za­nia af­ter quake kills 16, causes mas­sive de­struc­tion

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta has sent his con­do­lences to Pres­i­dent John Pombe Magu­fuli and Tan­za­ni­ans fol­low­ing an earth­quake that killed at least 16 peo­ple on Satur­day. Oth­ers were in­jured and prop­erty de­stroyed. Uhuru said Kenya will do­nate iron sheets, blan­kets and mat­tresses that will be air­lifted by the Kenya De­fence Forces to­day to as­sist those af­fected.

“I have learnt with deep sor­row and re­gret the loss of 16 pre­cious lives, in­jury to hun­dreds of our Tan­za­nian brothers and sis­ters, as well mas­sive de­struc­tion of prop­erty and liveli­hoods, fol­low­ing the dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake in Bukoba dis­trict, in North Western Tan­za­nia,” the Pres­i­dent said.

“On be­half of the govern­ment and the peo­ple of Kenya, I ex­tend heart­felt con­do­lences and sym­pa­thies to Your Ex­cel­lency, the govern­ment and peo­ple of Tan­za­nia, and par­tic­u­larly to the griev­ing fam­i­lies.”

He wished those in­jured quick re­cov­ery and prayed that God com­forts the be­reaved.

The 5.7-mag­ni­tude earth­quake hit north­west­ern Tan­za­nia, near the shores of Lake Vic­to­ria.

The af­ter­shocks were felt as far as western Kenya and parts of Uganda, Rwanda and Bu­rundi.

Im­ages posted on so­cial me­dia showed sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to build­ings.

A mag­ni­tude six quake struck the Tan­za­nian town of Arusha in July 2007.

/COUR­TESY

Tan­za­ni­ans sal­vage their be­long­ings on Satur­day af­ter an earth­quake killed 16 peo­ple and de­stroyed prop­erty

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