DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- At least 11
people were killed and over 200 others were injured on Saturday
as an earthquake measuring 5.7 hit northwestern Tanzania, said
The earthquake jolted Tanzania’s northwest
regions of Kagera and Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria.
Kagera regional police commander Augustino Olomi said at
least 11 people have been killed in the earthquake and over 200
Salum Kijuu, the Kagera regional commissioner, told Xinhua in
a telephone interview that the morning earthquake also left tens
of hundreds of houses and other property damaged.
"It is too early to give the exact number of injured people,
and the number of damaged property, including houses," said
Kijuu, adding that rescue teams had been deployed to affected
"But we think the damage is huge. Most of the victims have
been rushed to hospitals but we are facing a problem of shortage
of medicines," said Kijuu.
He said the earthquake hit the areas beginning at 9:27 a.m.
local time, sending people into panic with most of them
abandoning their properties.
Emelensiana Benjamin, a resident of Kagera region, said the
earthquake left houses with huge cracks.
"The situation is worrying because some of the houses could
fall down anytime," she told Xinhua by phone.