The September 10 earthquake in Tanzania has claimed the lives of at least 19 people and injured over 300 in the Kagera Region, the country’s prime minister reported to the president on Saturday.
The government also announced a cash donation of $200,000 from Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni to support those affected by the 5.7 magnitude earthquake.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli who received the money pledged it will be directed into rehabilitating damaged public facilities while calling for more assistance to shelter, feed and treat the displaced.
The Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa also reported that 2,063 houses were destroyed among many badly damaged buildings rendering 126, 315 homeless.
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has also donated building materials worth over $50,000 (115 million Shillings) to help the victims.
The Tanzanian government said so far 3.6 billion Shillings ($1,653,372) have been raised. President Magufuli issued a warning against abuse of the funds.
The 5.7 magnitude hit northwest Tanzania at a depth of 10km. It majorly affected Kagera and neighbouring regions. Many East African countries felt the tremor from the quake.