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Tanzania: Sixty dead after the explosion of a tanker - RFI

2019-08-10T19:00:54.873Z

At least 60 people died and more than 70 were injured in the explosion on Saturday morning August 10th of an accidental tanker truck they were trying to



By RFIPalled on 10-08-2019Modified on 10-08-2019 at 20:37

At least 60 people were killed and more than 70 were wounded in the explosion Saturday morning August 10 of an accident tanker truck they were trying to siphon fuel, on the outskirts of Morogoro, about 200 km to the west from Dar es Salaam.

The facts took place around 08:30 local this Saturday morning August 10 in the municipality of Msamvu, in the immediate outskirts of Morogoro. Shortly after the tanker rolled onto the roadway, drivers of "boda-boda", motorcycle taxis, flocked to the scene. A video posted on social networks shows dozens of onlookers busy trying to recover fuel in yellow jerricans. Before the gasoline ignites.

He's trying to pull the battery out of the truck ...

The human toll is heavy. Wilbroad Mutafungwa, police commissioner in Morogoro: " So far 62 people have died, but there are also wounded and, among the wounded who have been recognized by their relatives, there are 64 men and 8 women . 34 were cared for at the Muhimbili referral hospital for care, 38 were sent to Dar es Salaam . "

According to several testimonies, a man tried to tear the battery from the truck, causing the explosion. " All the doctors at the regional hospital have been mobilized. Patients whose condition does not cause concern have been transferred to other facilities to make room for the victims of the explosion, "informs Stephen Kebwe, governor of Morogoro province

In early July, this time in central Nigeria, at least 45 people were dead and more than 100 wounded when the population looted an accidental tanker that exploded.

►Also read: Niger: the explosion of a tanker makes at least 58 dead in Niamey

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