DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
At least 10 people died on the spot and 23 others
were injured on Wednesday after a bus collided with a cargo
train in Tanzania’s western region of Kigoma, police said.
Martin Otieno, the
Kigoma regional commander, said the bus was thrown 100 metres
away from the site of the collision, leaving many passengers
trapped in the wreckage.
“Rescuers are still
pulling passengers trapped in the wreckage of the bus. We fear
that the number of people killed in the grisly accident might
rise,” Otieno told an independent television station.
“Some bodies of the
victims were in pieces. It is the worst road accident to have
occurred in Kigoma region in recent memory,” said Otieno.
He said the bus was
travelling from Kigoma town, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika,
the longest freshwater lake in the world, to Tabora region in
Otieno said the
cargo train was moving from the east African country’s
commercial capital Dar es Salaam to Kigoma.
“The bus left Kigoma
town at 6 am when visibility was still poor. We suspect the
driver of the bus could not see the oncoming train. But we are
still conducting investigations to establish the cause of the
accident,” said the senior police officer.
Cholera kills 15,
hospitalizes hundreds in western Tanzania
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
At least 15 people have died and 397 others
hospitalized in the last three weeks following a cholera
outbreak in western Tanzania’s district of Sumbawanga, an
official said Tuesday.
Sumbawanga District Medical Officer, said that health experts
have continued to strengthen efforts to battle the water-borne
disease that can cause acute diarrhoea.
He called on
concerted efforts from all stakeholders in tackling the disease
which erupted in mid-May.
are doing everything at their disposal to manage the disease
including carrying out educational and sensitisation of
community members,” Mussa said in an interview.
He, however, cited
poor response from the community on adhering to hygiene measures
and rules as among the major setbacks that made it difficult to
contain the disease.
According to him,
the outbreak is as a result of residents drinking unsafe water
during rice harvesting season.
In November last
year, another cholera outbreak in the region claimed seven
people. It was controlled in March this year.
In 2015, a major
cholera outbreak that hit the East African nation claimed an
estimated 166 lives.
measures to curb retaliatory wildlife killings
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania is striving to contain retaliatory
killings in protected areas following reports of nine lions
killed in Nyichoka village, close to the Serengeti National Park
in the north, a senior official said Wednesday.
Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Natural Resources, said in an
interview that apart from putting in place a national task force
on anti-poaching, the government will also embark on educating
the public on the importance of conserving the wildlife and its
The East African
nation’s move came after the recent poisoning of nine lions at
that such killings that stem from human-wildlife conflicts were
on the rise, calling for urgent interventions in rescuing the
“There is a need of
raising more awareness against such killings as it is always the
endangered species that become victims of such attacks,” the
official said, observing that curbing such conflicts was still a
challenge as most of the incidents occurred in open areas.
“They don’t happen
in national parks, they happen in open areas and this makes it
difficult for the wildlife rangers to monitor the animals as
they can not be everywhere at the same time,” he said.
He said it was
equally important for the people living near the protected areas
to acknowledge the importance of wildlife economically and
On Tuesday, Hamis
Kigwangalla, Tanzania’s Natural Resources and Tourism Minister,
condemned the killings.
It was reported that
the lions were poisoned to death and some were found with their
legs, tails severed by unknown people.
This is not the
first time such endangered species have fallen prey to
In February , six
lions and 74 vultures were found dead near Ruaha national park
after they were poisoned to death.
Officials with the
ministry said the way the animals were killed suggested they had
been poisoned by local herdsmen amid an escalating
human-wildlife conflict in the country.
sector, which depends heavily on wildlife safari, is the biggest
foreign exchange earner, but there are growing clashes between
wildlife populations, farmers, and livestock keepers.