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Tanzania - Humanitarian Emergency Assistance to mitigate the effects of the 2016 Earthquake in Kagera Region


Kagera region, located in the North West Tanzania, was hit by an earthquake of 5.9 magnitude on Saturday 10th September 2016. A total of 17 deaths were reported as result of the earthquake, while 440 people were injured. Although earthquakes occur rarely in Tanzania, activities are common along the great East African Rift Valley corridor, which traverses the country forming eastern and western rift valley branches. As a result of the earthquake, more than 2,500 houses were completely destroyed, and more than 14,500 houses were partially destroyed leaving people with no shelter; while more than 9,000 houses developed minor cracks. Also more than 1,700 buildings of Government institutions were damaged. Following the earthquake, an estimated 117,721 people lost their homes, and, with the rain season already underway, the immediate response by the Government and other Partners has prioritized the provision of temporary emergency shelter to the affected households.

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