Toll From Tanzania Fuel Truck Blast Rises To 85: Governor
Umer Jamshaid 11 days ago Thu 15th August 2019 | 02:00 AM
Nairobi, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Aug, 2019 ) :The death toll from a fuel truck explosion in Tanzania has climbed to 85, a local governor said Wednesday, after 10 more people died from injuries sustained in the horrific blast.
A massive fireball engulfed a crowd thronging to collect petrol from an overturned tanker Saturday near the town of Morogoro, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) west of Dar es Salaam, the financial capital.
A spokesman for the National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Aminiel Aligaesha, said Wednesday that seven more people had died, taking the overall death toll to 82. Another 32 were being treated, including 17 in intensive care, he added.
"We are continuing to fight as best we can to save those still alive," the hospital spokesman, Aminiel Aligaesha, told reporters Wednesday.
"Three more deaths occurred during the day," he said, confirming the new toll of 85.
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.