13.09.2016: Earthquake in Tanzania

16 people killed and more than 250 injured - Bukoba Kolping Secondary School demolished, many families left homeless

On Saturday, 10th September, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit the area northwest of Lake Victoria. The city of Bukoba in Tanzania where the National office of Kolping Tanzania is located was particularly hit. 16 people have lost their lives so far and more than 250 were injured. In total, 840 buildings were completely demolished, 270 in Bukoba alone. The building in which the National Office is located, suffered wall cracks. The recently opened St. Joseph Kolping Secondary school was hit severely as walls and roofs collapsed.

The houses of staff of Kolping Tanzania were demolished, too. The team at Kolping in Bukoba is currently assessing the extent of the damages and organizing emergency aid. Tremors were also felt in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Kenya.

Sadly, there were hardly any reports in the media about the disaster. However, the people affected urgently need help, both now and later in the reconstruction phase.

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Many houses in Bukoba were demolished.

Classroom of the St. Joseph Kolping Secondary School.

The school house from outside.