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Over a dozen killed in Tanzania’s deadliest earthquake

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Authorities in Tanzania are assessing the impact of a 5.7 magnitude earthquake which hit the north-western region of Kagera on Saturday killing 16 people and leaving more than 250 injured.

The earthquake has been described as the worst earthquake to hit the country in at least a decade.

More than 800 buildings have been destroyed, including 44 public ones, Kijuu told AFP.

Across the border in Uganda, an unknown number of homes have also been razed by the quake which struck at 1227 GMT at a depth of 40 kilometres (24 miles) in the region near Lake Nyansa aka Victoria.

In the Ugandan village of Minziro in the district of Rakai, residents appealed for help on Sunday, describing terrifying scenes of rocks crashing down nearby hillsides.

“I am sure the government can’t reconstruct our houses but in the meantime it can aid us with construction materials for tents,” victim Masembe Remegio told AFP.