Tanzania: Chinese Doctors Sent for Disaster Relief After Tanzania Quake

A team of five Chinese doctors has been sent to Tanzania's northwest Kagera region to help save the lives of survivors of the Saturday earthquake which killed 17 people and injured scores of others, a statement from the Chinese embassy in Dar es Salaam said on Wednesday.

The statement issued by the Office of Public Diplomacy and Press Section of the Chinese Embassy in Tanzania said the doctors included specialists in women, children as well as a surgeon and a general doctor.

On Tuesday, members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Tanzania and the business community contributed about 700,000 US dollars and other relief supplies to help the survivors.

Among donors at the event, the Chinese Embassy pledged 50,000 US dollars and Chinese companies doing business in Tanzania also pledged about 70,000 US dollars.

The money was used to buy tents, food and medicines that were transported to Kagera region and the Chinese doctors were expected to arrive late Wednesday or Thursday morning, the statement said.

An earthquake, measuring at a magnitude of 5.7 on the Richter scale, hit the Tanzania's Kagera region on Saturday. It left 17 people dead and over 200 injured, while thousands of houses were damaged.

Source: Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.