Toll From Tanzania Fuel Truck Blast Rises To 82: Hospital
Nairobi, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Aug, 2019 ) :The death toll from a fuel truck explosion in Tanzania at the weekend has climbed to 82 after seven more people died from their injuries, a hospital official said Wednesday.
"We are continuing to fight as best we can to save those still alive," the hospital spokesman, Aminiel Aligaesha, told reporters Wednesday.
Officials said the explosion was triggered when a man tried to retrieve the truck's battery, creating sparks that ignited the fuel.
It was the latest in a string of such disasters in Africa and at least the third this year.
Last month, 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured in central Nigeria when a petrol tanker crashed and then exploded as people tried to take the fuel. In May, a similar incident in Niger killed nearly 80 people.