Tanzania: Quake Victims Get Relief

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - The Tanzanian government has announced relief aid for the 6,082 victims of an earthquake that struck the District of Rungwe a month ago.
Indications from the Disaster Management Unit at the Prime Minister's Office in Dar es Salaam are that most of the displaced people need shelter and blankets.

Relief materials due in Rungwe District in Mbeya region by the end of the week will include 870 tents, 5,000 blankets and medical supplies.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has already donated 2,400 blankets to the earthquake victims.

Explaining the delayed response, Disaster Unit Director, Beatha Swai, said the government needed time to assess the extent of damage and determine the victims' needs.

Repeated tremors in Rungwe district since December 2000 have destroyed many houses, schools and health centres, forcing people into makeshift shelters in cold and rainy weather.

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