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Sunday, 11 August 2019

Fuel Tanker Explosion injures 70 and Kills 60 people


At least 60 people have been killed and 70 injured in a fuel tanker explosion in Tanzania, police say.

Pictures posted online show flaming wreckage scattered over a wide area and charred bodies lying on the ground.

Police said people were trying to recover fuel from the vehicle, which had overturned on a major road sometime earlier when the blast happened.

The incident occurred in Morogoro region, about 200 km (124 miles) west of the port city of Dar es Salaam, the British Broadcasting Corporation reports.

The city of Morogoro is on a major route for transporting cargo and fuel from the port, which is the country's commercial capital.

There are fears the death toll could rise. Police said many of the injured had suffered serious burns.

Local Police Chief, Willbrod Mtafungwa, said many of those killed were motorbike taxi drivers.

Correspondents say disasters like this have happened all too frequently in parts of Africa where some people are willing to take huge risks to remove fuel from tankers and pipelines.

Saharareporters

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