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The European Union brings relief to the victims of the Kagera earthquake in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam, 28 October 2016 - In response to the devastating earthquake that hit the Kagera region in North West Tanzania on 10 September 2016, the European Union is providing €100 000 in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected families.

This EU funding will support the Tanzanian Red Cross in delivering much needed relief assistance, including tarpaulins for shelter, mosquito nets to reduce the risk to health of the affected population, first aid kits as well as psychosocial assistance.

The aid will also directly benefit about 5000 people who had their homes destroyed by the earthquake. In its wake, the 5.9 magnitude earthquake affected 117 000 people, leaving 20 people dead and more than 400 injured. 2500 houses were completely destroyed while 14500 others suffered serious damage.

The funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).