India donates $250,000 for Tanzania earthquake relief

India donates $250,000 for Tanzania earthquake relief

New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) India has donated $250,000 to Tanzania as part of relief measures after an earthquake rocked the east African nation earlier this month, the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

“The Government of India has contributed a sum of $2,50,000 to the Tanzanian government for Kagera earthquake relief,” the ministry statement said.

“This was handed over by High Commissioner of India Sandeep Arya to President of Tanzania John P. Magufuli on September 27 at the State House in Dar es Salaam,” it stated.

At least 11 people were killed and over 200 injured on September 10 when an earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale struck northwestern Tanzania.

The earthquake jolted regions of Kagera and Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria. The quake was recorded at a depth of 10 km and located 44 km from Bukoba.

According to Thursday’s statement, Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa was also present during the function on Tuesday in Dar es Salam.

“President Magufuli appreciated India’s contribution and acknowledged it as reflective of the brotherly relations between the two countries and conveyed his gratitude for India’s solidarity and contribution towards relief to the affected people,” it stated.

In his message, which was read out by High Commissioner Arya, Modi “conveyed deep condolences and sympathies of the government and people of India on the loss of lives and damage caused by the earthquake, expressed India’s solidarity with Tanzania and prayers for peace and fortitude to families and friends of those affected”.

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