Tan­za­nia as­sesses earthquake dam­age

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/worldwide -

DAR ES SALAAM — Au­thor­i­ties in Tan­za­nia are ex­am­in­ing the im­pact of an earthquake that hit the Kagera re­gion of the coun­try on Saturday, in­jur­ing 250 peo­ple and leav­ing 16 dead.

Ac­cord­ing to BBC, the quake, mea­sur­ing 5.7 on the Richter scale, has been de­scribed as the worst of its kind to hit the east African coun­try in at least a decade.

“This tragic event is un­prece­dented. We’ve never known this in our coun­try,” stated Kas­sim Ma­jaliwa, Prime Min­is­ter of the coun­try.

Tan­za­nian Pres­i­dent John Magu­fuli re­acted with shock to the tragic de­vel­op­ment, stat­ing that he is “deeply sad­dened” by the de­struc­tion that has taken place in his home re­gion.

The quake’s epi­cen­tre was 23km east of the north­west­ern Tan­za­nian town of Nsunga, in Bukoba dis­trict, and was felt in Rwanda, Bu­rundi, Uganda and Kenya, the US Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey said.

Bukoba city suf­fered wide­spread dam­age, with 270 houses de­stroyed and elec­tric­ity dis­rupted, the Red Cross said in a state­ment.

A res­i­dent who was di­rectly af­fected, Zaka Kha­nis, had his house re­duced to rub­ble, leav­ing him and his fam­ily des­ti­tute.

“I reached here, I found the house had col­lapsed... With this dif­fi­cult life, I don’t know what I am go­ing to do,” he said.

Mean­while, Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma of­fered con­do­lences to the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Tan­za­nia, af­ter a 5.7 mag­ni­tude earthquake struck on Sun­day morn­ing.

“I wish to ex­tend our con­do­lences to [His Ex­cel­lency] Pres­i­dent John Magu­fuli, the Gov­ern­ment and the peo­ple of Tan­za­nia.

“’The peo­ple of South Africa share the pain and loss of the loved ones, their homes and prop­erty, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all the af­fected fam­i­lies. We also wish the in­jured a speedy

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