In Tanzania Deadly earthquake kills 16, injures hundreds

A deadly magnitude 5.7 earthquake has killed at least 16 people and at least injured 200 in northern Tanzania.

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A deadly magnitude 5.7 earthquake has killed at least 16 people and at least injured 200 in northern Tanzania.

The US Geological Survey says the quake struck at a depth of 10km (six miles) at 15:27 local time on Saturday (12:27 GMT).

The quake struck close to the border with Uganda and Rwanda near Lake Victoria, and there is significant damage to buildings in Bukoba, a city of more than 70,000 people where most casualties were reported, the BBC reports.

Tremors were felt as far away as western Kenya.

 

The quake had caused a lot of damage, the district commissioner of Bukoba, Deodatus Kinawila told the BBC.

He said some people had been discharged from hospital, and authorities were not expecting many more injuries.

According to AFP, Tanzanian premier Kassim Majaliwa said the quake was "unprecedented. We've never known this in our country."

AFP reports that a group of 15 boys at a secondary boarding school in Bukoba district are believed to be among the 16 dead and 253 injured and more than 800 buildings have been destroyed, including 44 public ones.

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