DEATH TOLL IN TANZANIA EARTHQUAKE INCREASES TO 16 WITH 250 INJURED

The number of victims of the 5.7 degree magnitude earthquake that shook northwestern Tanzania, near Victoria Lake and the border with Uganda, has risen to 16 deaths and at least 250 injured.

Deodatus Kinawilo, the district commissioner of Bukoba a city near the quake epicenter, confirmed the death toll, among which it is believed were children boarding at a local secondary school.

According to a statement from the Red Cross, Bukoba - city of about 70,000 inhabitants- suffered widespread damage. More than 270 buildings were reduced to rubble and electricity services were interrupted.

According to Andreas Sandin, operations coordinator of the

humanitarian organization in East Africa and the Indian Ocean islands,'they are still trying to get a clear picture of the damage to hospitals and other essential infrastructure'.

A�aA�aThe quake, which occurred at 12:27 GMT (9:27 local time) on

Saturday, at a depth of 10 kilometers, was also felt in Rwanda and Kenya. The Great Lakes region is prone to phenomena of this kind, but of low intensity.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK