Fuel Tanker blast in Sierra Leone leaves 91 dead


A fuel tanker exploded and 91 people were killed, while more than 100 were left injured in the capital of Sierra Leone on Friday; the detonation followed an impact, the focal mortuary and authorities said.

The public authority has not yet affirmed the loss of life, however the director of the focal state funeral home in Freetown said it had gotten 91 bodies following the blast.

A further 100 setbacks have been conceded for treatment at emergency clinics and facilities across the capital, delegate wellbeing clergyman Amara Jambai told Reuters.

Fuel tanker casualties included individuals who had rushed to gather fuel spilling from the burst vehicle, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, chairman of the port city, said at first in a post on Facebook that was later altered to eliminate the reference.

“We have such countless setbacks, consumed cadavers,” said Brima Bureh Sesay, top of the National Disaster Management Agency, in a video from the scene shared on the web. “It’s an awful, horrible mishap.”

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Pictures shared generally online showed a few severely consumed casualties lying in the city as fire blasted through shops and houses close by. Reuters couldn’t promptly to check the pictures.

Mishaps with fuel tankers in Sub-Saharan Africa have recently killed scores of individuals who assembled at the site to gather spilled fuel and were hit by auxiliary impacts.

In 2019, a big hauler blast in eastern Tanzania killed 85 individuals, while around 50 individuals were killed in a comparable catastrophe in Democratic Republic of Congo in 2018.

The civic chairman said that the degree of the harm in Freetown was not yet clear, adding that police and her delegate were at the scene to help calamity the board authorities.

“My significant feelings for families who have lost friends and family and the people who have been mutilated subsequently,” President Julius Maada Bio tweeted.

“My Government will do everything to help impacted families.”

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