At least 16 dead, 253 injured as 5.7 magnitude earthquake rattles Tanzania
Earthquakes are fairly common in the Great Lakes region but are almost always of low intensity.(Image courtesy: Twitter) Photograph: (Others)
A 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit northwest Tanzania on Saturday leaving at least 13 dead and 203 injured, AFP reported today.
"The toll has climbed from 11 people dead to 13 and from 192 injured to 203," Deodatus Kinawilo, district commissioner for Bukoba, the town close to the epicentre of the quake, was quoted as saying by AFP.
However, according to a Reuters report, the death toll was put at 10 by the president's office.
"The president is shocked at the reports of the incident that has resulted in the loss of several people, and many others injured and property destroyed," the statement said.
According to the US Geological survey, the epicentre of the 1227 GMT quake was about 25 kilometres east of the north-western town of Nsunga on the border of Lake Victoria. The earthquake was felt as far away as Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Kenya.
Augustine Ollomi, the Kagera province police chief in charge of the Bukoba district, where some houses had caved in according to residents, told AFP that "rescue operations are ongoing".
Earthquakes are fairly common in the Great Lakes region but are almost always of low intensity.
(WION with inputs from agencies)