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07 Jun 2018 description

By Samuel Okiror

DODOMA, 7 June 2018 - In September 2016, an earthquake of magnitude 5.9 struck Nsunga in Kagera region, northwestern Tanzania, killing at least 19 people and injuring 253 others. A group of 15 boys from Ihungo Secondary School in Bukoba district were among the dead. Over 800 buildings were destroyed.

22 Jun 2017 description

“I was on my way home from my duty the day I saw my house was half collapsed. When I approached it, I was shocked as all my family members were in the house and neighbors were running away for their lives in different directions” Mr. Gerevaz remembers the day when Kagera Earthquake hit the area where he was living, 10 September 2016.

21 May 2017 description

From 8 – 12 May, 2017, the Tanzania Red Cross Society, joined by IOM, are celebrating the “International Red Cross Week” in Bukoba. One of the Red Cross displays showcased during the celebrations included an emergency shelter with samples of NFI kits distributed as part of the ongoing IOM supported emergency response project following the 2016 earthquake in the region of Kagera, Tanzania.

10 May 2017 description

By Evelyne Karanja

NAIROBI, 10 May 2017 – Rising disasters in Africa’s cities and their links with poverty and rapid, unplanned urbanisation are ever more apparent from tragedies such as the recent rubbish dump landslide in Addis Ababa, which killed at least 113 people.

Tackling urban risk will be a key issue when governments and a broad range of other stakeholders, including businesses and tech experts, meet in two weeks’ time in Mexico for the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

20 Mar 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

An earthquake of 5.9 magnitude hit north-west Tanzania, Kagera region, on September 10 2016 at about 15:27 hours local East African time (12:27 GMT). The epicentre of the earthquake was reported to be about 44 km from Bukoba town, which is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, near the border with Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. It was reported that the earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 km and was categorized as being shallow. Shallow earthquakes are viewed to have a greater impact.

03 Feb 2017 description

Chaque année, la Belgique alloue 600 000 euros à la Croix-Rouge pour financer ses interventions lors de « catastrophes silencieuses ». La seule année 2015 a été le théâtre de 346 catastrophes dont (quasiment) personne n’a entendu parler. Pourtant, elles ont causé près de 23 000 décès et affecté environ 100 000 personnes. Le manque de couverture médiatique à ce sujet entraîne une absence de soutien du public.

La Croix-Rouge vole à la rescousse

19 Jan 2017 description

People affected by the earthquake which hit the Kagera region, in northwestern Tanzania, in September last year will get some relief from a humanitarian emergency grant approved by the African Development Bank Group’s Board last week.

The assistance will help to meet urgent needs of primary and secondary schools in the earthquake affected areas, and restore learning activities.

Kagera region in northwestern Tanzania was hit by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake on Saturday, September 10, 2016, resulting in 17 deaths and 440 injured people.

01 Dec 2016 description

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

Revisions in the EPOA were that additional funds were made available for a vehicle to support the RDRT’s mission, since the vastness of the affected area was greater than initially planned.

20 Nov 2016 description


  • Unfavourable production prospects for 2016 “vuli” crops for harvest early next year

  • Maize prices at low levels in most markets

  • Food insecurity persists in some northern parts were below‑average 2016 “masika” crops were harvested, as well as among refugees hosted in camps

  • As of early November 2016, refugees and asylum seekers (mainly from Burundi) were estimated at 245 000

29 Oct 2016 description


  • Poor households in Kagera Region face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity due to the impacts of the September earthquake. Approximately 7,500 homes and buildings were destroyed, and there have been ripple effects through employment losses and a fall in remittances. Also, a delay in the onset of Vuli rains in the Kagera Lake Region has reduced on-farm labor opportunities, compounding food insecurity.

24 Oct 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • Uganda is host to over 665,040 refugees and asylum seekers originating mainly from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Somalia and Rwanda.

  • Over 153,000 children have received deworming and Vitamin A supplementation in the refugee districts of Arua, Adjumani, Kiryandongo, Yumbe, Koboko, Isingiro and Kyegeggwa since July 2016.

  • Since July, over 40,600 children have been screened for malnutrition in 5 refugee districts with 559 children found to be severe acutely malnourished.

21 Oct 2016 description
map MapAction

Map shows the extent of the damaged districts/wards from the Earthquake with terrain. This is primarily a reference map with villages, road and river displayed to show context and potential issues with distribution of aid.

21 Oct 2016 description
map MapAction

Map shows the percentage of damaged houses based on major damage to buildings in: Wards: Bukoba Rural; Bukoba Urban; Kagerwa: Missenyi Districts: Kyerwa; Muleba

* Data was only collected at District level for Kyerwa & Muleba

19 Oct 2016 description


  • On 10 September, Kagera Region in northwestern Tanzania was struck by a 5.9 magnitude earthquake resulting in at least 17 deaths and over 250 injuries.

  • Due to a shortfall in funding, WFP will reduce rations under the refugee operation as early as November. If funds are not received immediately, WFP’s assistance will be disrupted in 2017. WFP has launched a funding appeal to development partners. The funding requirement over the next six months is USD 20.9 million.

Operational Updates

15 Oct 2016 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

An earthquake of 5.9 magnitude hit North West Tanzania on Saturday 10th September, 2016, about 44 km from Bukoba town, on the western shore of Lake Victoria. The earthquake struck at around 15:27 local time East African time (12:27 GMT).

13 Oct 2016 description


The Joint Damage and Needs Assessment Report is the outcome of the request from the Prime Minister’s Office to the United Nation Resident Coordinator in Tanzania to support the government in various areas on emergency response following the devastating earthquake which occurred in Kagera region on 10 September, 2016.

11 Oct 2016 description

This update presents key internal displacement developments and policy updates

05 Oct 2016 description

President Yoweri Museveni has said that the Movement Government will help rebuild houses that were destroyed by last month’s earthquake that hit Rakai district.

30 Sep 2016 description
report Government of Japan
  1. On Friday, September 30, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (tents, etc.) to the United Republic of Tanzania, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request from the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania following the damage caused by the earthquake in the country.