Death Toll In Peru Gas Tanker Blast Rises To Eight: Ministry
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Sat 25th January 2020 | 02:00 AM
Lima, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Jan, 2020 ) :The death toll from a powerful gas tanker explosion that ripped through a district of Lima rose to eight on Friday, after four more victims succumbed to severe burn injuries overnight, Peru's health ministry said.
Dozens were wounded, some severely, when the truck tanker carrying 10,000 liters of liquefied gas exploded and ignited a major fire on Thursday that destroyed several houses and vehicles in the capital's Villa El Salvador district.
"It is very unfortunate because of the magnitude and consequences. A tragedy," said President Martin Vizcarra, who called for an urgent investigation into the cause.
"According to the latest report we have eight people dead," a health ministry spokesman told AFP.
Health Minister Maria Elizabeth Hinostrozo said several survivors among the 48 being treated in hospital are in a "very serious" condition.
"They are being given full support, but the first week is critical," Hinostrozo told reporters.
Health authorities have appealed for blood donations.
Investigators believe the explosion was caused when a fuel hose became detached as the truck tanker passed over a speed bump as it approached an intersection.
Guzman said he managed to jump out of the cab before the gas ignited, but suffered injuries to his lungs.
The resulting blaze engulfed 14 nearby homes in the densely populated district, which firefighters fought for three hours to bring under control, fire department chief Alfonso Panizo told state television.
Dozens of vehicles were also destroyed.
Peru's energy and mining supervisory agency opened an investigation, and locals criticized the local authorities for the poor state of the street.
- Dodging a fireball - One survivor, Javier Garcia, said that when he saw a fireball moving towards him down the street he ran in the opposite direction.
"Happily, the neighbors helped me. I was lucky because there are others who suffered burns to their whole bodies," said Garcia, who also suffered facial burns.