From ALLOYCE KIMBUNGA in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
DAR-ES-SALAAM, (CAJ News) – DISASTER relief agencies are working round the clock to cushion citizens in Bukoba, the Tanzanian town worst-hit by a devastating weekend earthquake that has left over 15 people dead.
More than 300 people have been injured. At least 270 homes have been demolished.
Amid the earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter Scale, electricity in the northwestern town has been disrupted.
Destruction of telecommunications infrastructure has exacerbated the situation.
The city’s main hospital is currently stretched to nearly full capacity and has limited stock of medicine.
The Tanzania Red Cross Society and volunteers are supporting locals that have been hurt and traumatized.
They are providing first aid and other basic care “The Tanzania Red Cross is readying more volunteers and staff to support the people of Bukoba,” said Andreas Sandin, operations coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in East Africa and Indian Ocean Islands.
Bukoba, the capital of the Kagera region, is home to some 500 000 people, most resident in the rural areas.
– CAJ News