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Tanzania Earthquake Kills 13, Injures More Than 200

At least 13 people were confirmed dead and more than 200 injured today following an earthquake that hit Kagera and Mwanza regions.

Kagera Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Augustine Ollomi, confirmed the reports.

The earthquake measured at a magnitude of 5.7 on the Richter scale.

Meanwhile, President John Magufuli has sent condolences to Kagera Regional Commissioner (RC), Retired Major General Salum Mustafa Kijuu, following the death of the residents who died from the impact of the earthquake today in the re- gion.

In a statement issued by the Presidential Directorate of Communication, the president expressed deep sorrow over the tragedy, which claimed peo- ple’s lives and left behind a number of others who were injured.

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The tremor also caused serious damage to property. The president further said that he was joining the families of the deceased, friends and relatives and pray for those who died to rest in peace.

“Through you the RC of Kagera and RCs of re- gions next to yours, which were hit by the quake, I extend my condolences to families, relatives and friends of the deceased and pray to Almighty God to bestow on them patience and perseverance in this difficult time,” said Dr Magufuli.

The president also prayed for those who were injured to regain their health through speedy recovery.

An expert from the Geological Survey of Tanzania, Mr Gabriel Mbogoni, confirmed the occurrence of the earthquake, saying it was of the most intensive ever experienced in the country before.

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