Fuel Tanker Blast in Sierra Leone Capital Kills at Least 91

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People look   astatine  occurrence  blaze pursuing  a substance  tanker detonation  successful  Freetown, Sierra Leone connected  November 5, 2021 successful  this inactive  representation  obtained from a societal  media video connected  Nov. 6, 2021. (Facebook @FODAY.KONDEH.5/via Reuters)

People look astatine occurrence blaze pursuing a substance tanker detonation successful Freetown, Sierra Leone connected November 5, 2021 successful this inactive representation obtained from a societal media video connected Nov. 6, 2021. (Facebook @FODAY.KONDEH.5/via Reuters)

Ninety-one radical were killed and implicit 100 wounded successful the superior of Sierra Leone connected Friday erstwhile a fuel tanker exploded pursuing a collision, the cardinal morgue and section authorities said.

The authorities has not yet confirmed the decease toll, but the manager of the cardinal authorities morgue successful Freetown said it had received 91 bodies pursuing the explosion.

A further 100 casualties person been admitted for attraction astatine hospitals and clinics crossed the capital, lawman wellness curate Amara Jambai told Reuters.

Victims included radical who had flocked to cod substance leaking from the ruptured vehicle, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, politician of the larboard city, said initially successful a station connected Facebook that was aboriginal edited to region the reference.

“We’ve got truthful galore casualties, burnt corpses,” said Brima Bureh Sesay, caput of the National Disaster Management Agency, successful a video from the country shared online. “It’s a terrible, unspeakable accident.”

Images shared wide online showed respective severely burned victims lying connected the streets arsenic occurrence blazed done shops and houses nearby. Reuters was not capable instantly to verify the images.

Accidents with tanker trucks successful Sub-Saharan Africa person antecedently killed scores of radical who gathered astatine the tract to cod spilled substance and were deed by secondary blasts.

In 2019, a tanker detonation successful eastbound Tanzania killed 85 people, portion astir 50 radical were killed successful a akin catastrophe successful Democratic Republic of Congo successful 2018.

The politician said that the grade of the harm successful Freetown was not yet clear, adding that constabulary and her lawman were astatine the country to assistance catastrophe absorption officials.

“My profound sympathies with families who person mislaid loved ones and those who person been maimed arsenic a result,” President Julius Maada Bio tweeted.

“My Government volition bash everything to enactment affected families.”

Reuters

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