South Sudan fuel tanker explosion kills dozens
Thursday, September 17, 2015
An overturned tanker exploded in South Sudan yesterday, killing dozens.,
The death toll is unclear. At least 85 died according to presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny, citing "local authorities". Charles Kisagna of the local government said at least 100 died. County commissioner Wilson Thomas Yanga in remarks to the BBC put the toll at a minimum of 176.
The Red Cross said it had sent two burn kits to local rescuers in with provisions for 100 patients. Kisanga warns the toll may increase "because we do not have the facilities to treat the highly burnt people." spoke to a doctor who reported reserves of painkillers, oxygen, and other consumables were being exhausted.
Some casualties may have fled the scene. Reportedly, after the driver walked away from the crash to seek assistance, local residents began stealing petrol. South Sudan has few paved roads. Mass casualty fuel explosions are common in poor regions of East Africa.
- Caroline Mortimer. "'More than 100' reported dead after fuel tank explosion in South Sudan" — , September 17, 2015
- Reuters. "Dozens killed in South Sudan after oil tanker crash" — , September 17, 2015