14 dead, 200 hurt in Tanzania earthquake


Death toll has risen to 14 people after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the Lake Victoria region on Saturday.

According to Tanzanian authorities, so far 200 people are said to have been injured.

Deodatus Kinawilo, the district commissioner for Bukoba, is quoted as saying the city of Bukoba in Kagera province bordering Uganda and Rwanda, was the worst hit.

According to Red Cross, the city suffered widespread damage, with 270 houses demolished and electricity disrupted.

Andreas Sandin, Red Cross operations coordinator in East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, said in a statement that Bukoba main hospital was treating the wounded.

He also said the telecommunications have been disrupted and we are trying to get a clear picture of the damage to hospitals and other essential infrastructure.

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