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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

KAGERA REGION, (Xinhua) -- Zhang Biao (L), Political Counselor from the Chinese Embassy in Dar es Salaam shakes hands with Major General Salum Kijuu, the Kagera Regional Commissioner in Kagera region, northwestern Tanzania, Sept. 15, 2016. The Chinese Embassy in Tanzania on Thursday handed over assorted food items, medicines and tents to Kagera earthquake victims. An earthquake hit Tanzania’s Kagera region on Saturday killing 17 people and injuring over 200 others. XINHUA PHOTO
China hands over relief supplies to Tanzania’s quake-hit region 

ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Embassy in Tanzania on Thursday handed over assorted food items, medicines and tents to Kagera earthquake victims.

“The donation came from various Chinese companies, the embassy and Chinese community,” said Zhang Biao, political counselor from the Chinese Embassy in Dar es Salaam while handing over the donation.

Major General Salum Kijuu, Kagera Regional Commissioner, commended the Chinese government for the support, which, according to him, is a great relief to the affected families.

Kijuu said that all the donation received will be distributed to the affected people while begging for more support to rebuild the region.

He also called upon those who will be able to start reconstructing their houses to get advice from construction experts before doing so to avoid future quake damages.

“As per expert’s reports, earthquake will continue to happen in Kagera even for the years to come because the region has been passed by the Rift Valley. What we need to do is to adhere to the geological expert advice especially in construction,” Kijuu noted.

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.

 
DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majliwa (L front) receives a mattress from Anna Jiang (R front) of the Chang Qing International Investment Limited during a donation ceremony in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Sept. 18, 2016. The Chang Qing International Investment Limited on Sunday donated 200 mattresses worth 6 million to support the earthquake victims in Kagera region. XINHUA PHOTO: JOHN BADI

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Chinese doctors sent for disaster relief after Tanzania quake

DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) -- 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.

 

             

 

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