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Thursday, 03 November 2016

EU Donates 200 Million to Tanzania

In response to the devastating earthquake that hit Kagera Region in North West Tanzania on 10 September 2016, the European Union is providing €100 000 in humanitarian funds to assist the most affected families. According to a statement issued by the EU in Tanzania, the funds will support the Tanzanian Red Cross in delivering much needed relief assistance, including tarpaulins for shelter, mosquito nets to reduce the risks of mosquito bites to the affected population, first aid kits as well as psychosocial assistance. The aid will also directly benefit about 5,000 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. 2,500 houses were completely destroyed while 14,500 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)," reads the statement. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity towards people in need around the world.

Source: allafrica.com