East Africa: Earthquake - Dec 2005
An earthquake measuring between 6.3- 6.8, with a depth of 10 kms in Lake Tanganyika region, occurred in the Great Lakes Region in East Africa on 5 Dec 2005. It was felt in DR Congo, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. (OCHA, 5 Dec 2005)
In the town of Kalémie in DR Congo's Katanga province, one person was killed and 58 houses were destroyed or damaged. (OCHA, 31 Dec 2005)
In Tanzania, Buhingu Division in Kigoma Rural District was most affected by the tremor, with 5,000 people (9.2% of the total population) reportedly affected. A total of 54 houses collapsed in 11 villages while 705 houses had cracked walls. (IFRC, 9 Mar 2007)
Most read reports
- MONUC: DRC: Kalemie hit by a strong earthquake. 7 Dec 2005
- IFRC: Tanzania: Earthquake Final Report DREF Bulletin No. 05ME075. 9 Mar 2007
- OCHA: East Africa: Earthquake OCHA Situation report No. 1. 5 Dec 2005
- WFP: East Africa: Tanzania - D.R. Congo - 5 Dec Earthquake. 6 Dec 2005
- ReliefWeb: East Africa: Earthquake - Situation Map (as of 06 Dec 2005). 6 Dec 2005
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Period covered by this Final Report: 30 December 2005 to 22 March 2006.
History of this Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF)-funded operation:
CHF 31,364 was allocated from the Federation's DREF on 30 December 2005 to respond to the needs of this operation.
The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 183 countries.
CHF 31,364 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED FROM THE FEDERATION'S DISASTER RELIEF EMERGENCY FUND (DREF) TO ASSIST SOME 54 HOUSEHOLDS FOR 3 MONTHS AND FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF DAMAGED STRUCTURES.
UNEARMARKED FUNDS TO REPAY DREF ARE ENCOURAGED.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is assessing the damage that may have been caused in and around the town of Kalemie on Lake Tanganyika, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which was the epicentre of the earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, which hit the region at 12.19 GMT today.