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Tanzania's earthquake had ripple effects in neighbouring country

Tanzania's earthquake had ripple effects in neighbouring country


The earthquake that struck north-western Tanzania on Saturday had an impact in several African countries.

The 5.7 magnitude quake according to the US Geological Survey ,was felt in Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.

Although minor damage was observed, in Uganda, many houses were demolished, roofs blown away, leaving people homeless.
The Tanzania Red Cross said at least 270 houses were demolished in the Bukoba District and electricity cut off.

“I have nowhere to go,” said one women standing next to her tattered home. “ My house was razed. I wanted refuge with my brother but her house is demolished.“she said.

Other residents have pleaded with the government to assist with temporary shelter.

“I’m sure the government cannot rebuild our homes but in the meantime it could help us with building material for tents, as was done for Refugees Bay Sang,” Masembe Remegio said

“I think think there are some cracks in the hill, because some time ago, there was a rockfall and we were afraid it would us,” said another victim.

Earthquakes are common in recent years in the Great Lakes region, but they are usually of relatively low magnitude.
At least 16 people were killed and 253 injured in the province of Kagera, in north-western Tanzania, the epicenter of the earthquake.