Tanzania: Sh1.4 Billion Raised to Help Earthquake Survivors

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Donors raised Sh1.4 billion (more than $600,000) yesterday to help those affected by the weekend’s deadly earthquake.

The money was donated by foreign embassies and members of the business community during a fundraising campaign. The 5.7-magnitude earthquake killed at least 17 people and injured more than 250.

 

Death toll rises to 17

Despite the welcome news of financial aid for survivors, it was also a day for mourning as the death toll from Saturday’s earthquake rose to 17. Authorities revealed that one of the many people injured in the disaster died in hospital yesterday.

Meanwhile, Tanzania is still coming to terms with the infrastructural damage caused by the earthquake. It’s estimated 840 houses were completely destroyed on Saturday and more than 1,200 badly damaged. Various schools and other public buildings were also badly damaged, prompting the government to close Nyakato and Ihungo secondary schools. It has also ordered urgent repairs at Kashenge and Buhenge secondary schools.

 

Government promises repairs

Tanzania’s Minister for works, communication and transport, Professor Makame Mbarawa, said the government will repair some of the infrastructure most damaged in the earthquake.

This will include the Rwamishenye-Bukoba port road the Bukoba-Mtukula road, Professor Mbarawa revealed during his visit to Bukoba. Roughly 4.6 kilometres of Rwamishenye-Bukoba port road was damaged in the quake and around 80 kilometres of the Bukoba-Mtukula road.

“I can assure you that we will repair infrastructures which were damaged by the earthquake; we will also make sure that Prime Minister’s directives are implemented as soon as possible,” he told local residents.

 

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