DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) --
Members of the diplomatic corps accredited to
Tanzania and the business community on Tuesday contributed about
700,000 U.S. dollars and other relief supplies to help
Tanzania’s quake victims.
A total of 323,000
dollars was contributed in cash and 350,000 dollars was in
pledges made during an event organized by Tanzanian Prime
Minister, Kassim Majaliwa at State House in the commercial
capital Dar es Salaam.
Among donors at the
event, the Chinese Embassy pledged 50,000 dollars. Chinese
companies doing business in Tanzania also pledged 70,000
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.
Majaliwa thanked the
diplomats and business community, saying the government was
trying its best to respond to the tragedy and ensure everything
was put in order to rectify the situation.
Commissioner to Tanzania, Edgar Chimonyo, who is also head of
the diplomatic corps in Tanzania, said the diplomatic community
was saddened with the loss of lives and property caused by the
disaster, and they will work hand in hand with the government to
ensure the situation improved.
visited Kagera region on Sunday, said a team of experts from the
government’s Department of Disaster Management will assess the
damage caused by the earthquake and offer needed assistance.
He also said the
government will seek technical intelligence from international
meteorological organizations to establish whether such an
earthquake will hit the areas in future.
On Sunday, President
John Magufuli sent condolences to the bereaved families and
prayed for those who were injured to regain their health through