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UNHCR Tanzania Inter-Agency Operational Update: Burundi Refugee Situation (2 - 15 September 2016)

Situation Report
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As of 15 September 2016

161,581 Total Burundian population of concern

158,863 Total Burundian population post influx

63,878 Total Burundian population in Nyarugusu Camp (Pre-Influx + Influx)

53,497 Total population in Nduta Camp

44,008 Total population in Mtendeli Camp

198 Total population in Lumasi Transit Site


On 10 September 2016, at about 16:15 local time, an earthquake measuring at 5.9 on the Richter Scale struck North-West Tanzania, with Kagera, Mwanza and Kigoma regions particularly affected by the tremors. The main epicenter of the earthquake was reportedly located in Kagera region. No UNHCR staff were injured from the earthquake; similarly, there has been no report of injuries from partner agencies. However, there were reports of civilians killed and infrastructure damaged in Bukoba town, Kagera region and the surrounding areas. Preliminary findings, according to the Kagera Regional Commissioner, revealed that there were 17 deaths, 253 injuries, 840 damaged structures and 1,254 multiple cracked structures. The urgent needs indicated include: 5,000 family tents, 5,000 mosquito nets and 2,000 blankets. An Inter-Agency Assessment Mission has been scheduled to the region in the week of 19 September 2016, to undertake a full assessment of the impact from the earthquake and determine the actual needs.

Meanwhile, the Regional Police Commissioner for Kigoma averred that apart from the shocks, there is no reported damage or any other significant impact of the earthquake in Kigoma region. However, the earthquake has cracked the walls of Mwisa Separation Facility, in Kigoma region, which reportedly led to injuries suffered by an inmate. Mwisa Facility has been used as a separation facility for the persons of concern who were separated from the refugee camps in Kigoma region on suspicion of their involvement as combatants or in military activities in Burundi. Mwisa Facility is located approximately 60 kilometers from the regional headquarters of Bukoba town.