ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) --
A Tanzanian geologist on Thursday suggested the need for
east African countries to come up with a regional center
that will be responsible in surveying and monitoring
Mshiu, a geologist at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM),
hopes a well-equipped center responsible for the entire
region will offer timely, relevant, and useful
information, thus minimizing harm in case of natural
disasters such as earthquakes.
suggestion came at a time when the country is still
recovering from a deadly earthquake that killed at least
17 people, destroyed 840 houses and left thousands
homeless in Kagera region last week.
equipment for earthquake detection and other gadgets is
expensive for individual countries, but it’s easy if
countries work as a team,” the expert suggested.
suggested the need of more cooperation among east
African universities, which will enable more researches
on the issue. A huge geological knowledge gap has been
noticed as the earthquake hit the region last week.
efforts among East African Community (EAC) member
countries will help mobilize resources to empower
geological institutions to at least offer warnings and
detailed information of natural disasters, he said.
also called for Tanzania to consider reviewing policies,
especially in areas of construction, so that buildings
will be more resistant to disasters.