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Funerals held for Tanzania’s earthquake victims

Coffins of some of those killed by the earthquake at Kaitaba Stadium in Bukoba, on 11 September 2016 - AFP

Coffins of some of those killed by the earthquake at Kaitaba Stadium in Bukoba, on 11 September 2016 - AFP

12/09/2016 14:00

The funerals of some of the dead from Tanzania’ Saturday earthquake have been held in Bukoba’s Kaitaba stadium on Sunday. Bukoba, the city worst-hit by the quake is part of Tanzania’s Kagera province which borders Uganda and Rwanda.

By Monday, the death toll of people killed in the quake stood at 15. This is according to the Spanish EFE news agency. The agency quoting local police sources also said 253 people were reported injured others seriously.  

The earthquake, with a magnitude of 5.9 degrees on the Richter scale was also followed by Aftershocks Sunday night. Several families are said to have spent nights in the open. 

About 850 houses have been destroyed while several buildings collapsed; Twitter pictures show main roads with huge craters and many houses in the area have large cracks.

83 patients have been discharged from hospital after treatment, and the local government has appealed to citizens to donate blood to help the wounded in critical condition.

Saturday’s earthquake, which occurred around 15.30 lasted two minutes and was felt with intensity as far as the south-east of Uganda.  

(Info compiled by: engafrica@vatiradio.va)

 

12/09/2016 14:00