Loss of life rises to 36 in Tanzania school bus crash


The loss of life in Saturday's school bus crash in Karatu township in the Arusha area rose to 36 on Sunday after three more students succumbed to their wounds, a healing facility source affirmed. 

Francis Costa, a mortuary chaperon at the Arusha Territorial Referral Hospital center, Mount Meru, affirmed getting 36 bodies from the fatal mishap. 
Two instructors and the bus driver were additionally slaughtered in the crash in the Rhotia zone, around 150 kilometers (92 miles) upper east of the prominent traveler city of Arusha. 

The dean of the Fortunate Vincent Elementary School, Ephraim Jackson disclosed to Anadolu Office in a telephone meeting that three understudies were all the while being dealt with at the healing center, including the school would stay shut for seven days to grieve the passings.


Arusha Regional Commissioner Mrisho Gambo said that Vice President Ms Samia Suluhu Hasaan would on Monday attend a "national" funeral service to pay the last respect to the 33 pupils, their teachers and the bus driver who died in the tragedy.
"The function will take place at the Sheikh Amri Abeid stadium," Gambo said urging the public to stay calm in this difficult period.
The funeral was initially set to take place on Sunday, but was postponed till Monday to accommodate the vice president's participation.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sent a message of condolences to his Tanzanian counterpart, John Magufuli, during a public political rally where he asked for a one-minute silence for the victims.
A Mwanza-based parent, Stephen Maggesa, who lost his son Elias in the accident, said it was difficult to come to terms with the reality of losing a child.
"I received a call from a brother in Arusha informing the death of my son. It's difficult to bear this," the parent said in tears at his home in the northwestern city.
Saturday's crash is the latest in Tanzania that has been plagued by accidents that have claimed the lives of at least 85 students in recent decades.
At least 40 students were burned alive in 1994 as they slept in a dormitory at the Shauritanga Secondary School in the Kilimanjaro region.
Fifteen years later, in 2009, 12 students died in a fire at the Idodi Secondary School in Iringa.

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