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Tanzania Tanker Explosion Victims Buried in Mass Funeral

Tanzania has held a mass funeral for people who died when an overturned fuel tanker exploded on Saturday.

Officials have said people were trying to siphon fuel from the vehicle on a main road in the Morogoro region when it exploded, killing 71.

Ahead of the funeral, hundreds of relatives visited the hospital to try to identify their dead family members, but many were burnt beyond recognition.

As a result, officials have promised to do DNA tests.

This is the latest in a series of similar disasters across Africa, and Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has pleaded people to stop risking their lives by siphoning fuel from broken-down tankers.

“There are vehicles that carry dangerous fuel oil, as in this case in Morogoro, there are others that carry toxic chemicals or explosives, let’s stop this practice, please,” AFP news agency quotes him as saying on Saturday.

Magufuli declared three days of mourning.

The incident occurred in Morogoro region, about 200 km (124 miles) west of the port city of Dar es Salaam, the country’s commercial capital.

The city of Morogoro is on a major route for transporting cargo and fuel from the port.

“Many people died here, even those who were not stealing fuel because this is a busy place,” said eyewitness Daniel Ngogo, quoted by Reuters news agency.

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

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

On Sunday relatives grieved as coffins lined a football field. Some relatives took their relatives coffins to bury them in private funerals.

 

(Source: BBC)

 

21 Comments

  1. puzzled

    tooo tooo bad rest in peace n may the gud lord com4t the families

  2. Gift h kauta

    May there soul’s rest in peace

  3. THE REGULATOR

    Toooo bad!! Rest in Peace, brethren.

  4. syls G Banda

    MTSRIEP

  5. SEE MIND (MWAMPO)

    CONDOLENCES TANZANIAN FAMILY AND THE WHO NATION INTIRE AFRICA. M H R I P.

  6. Zepheniah

    Too bad 4 those who were not stealing,as for the stealers,they wil face second hell.But n way,it might b bcoz of hungr navintu vadula ivi.Pliz Stay Away From Trabo,fuel Tankrz Ar A Trap.

  7. Jms

    Sorry sometimes things occur without realizing when u do its too late m.t.s.r.i.p

  8. it one

    Condolences to the believed families

  9. Mcc

    So sad n condolences to the believed families

  10. Simfukwe

    Too bad no. Only. God knows

  11. Mr chola m

    My they departed souls rest in peace we dedicated everything in Christ namy

  12. Chinyembagift

    Wage of sin

  13. speak for Zambia

    Rest in peace, this type of accident are very common in Africa its a lesson to people who witnessed it and who head the news,stay away from dangerous activities….

  14. professor Clerk

    fuel tankers must be moving with armed security officers. My condolences!

  15. Bombshell

    M.Y S.R I.E.P my dear frnds it happens only God knws maybe it was a warning that we should stay away frm fuel tankers

  16. Wiz

    Condolences.

  17. Sam

    So sad

  18. HARINGA WIFTON

    Too bad to our beloved men and women

  19. Brighton Chinyama

    My heartfelt condolences to our colleagues, May God comfort the bereaved families

  20. Nsama Kapembwa

    Too bad
    rip

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