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Congo Fire Death Toll Rises to 235

Sunday, 04 Jul 2010 11:42 AM

BUKAVU, DR Congo — The death toll in the fire that raged through a Congolese town when a fuel truck exploded rose to 235 on Sunday, officials said, after most of the victims were buried in mass graves.

The governor of Sud-Kivu province, Marcellin Cishambo, told AFP that three people badly burned by the fire had died overnight.

The majority of the dead, including around 60 children and around 30 women, were lowered into three mass graves late Saturday in the town of Sange, where flames engulfed dozens of earth-and-straw homes after the tanker overturned and gushed fuel the day before.

The UN mission in DR Congo, MONUSCO, said nearly 200 people were injured in the fire, with 32 suffering serious burns taken by helicopter to two hospitals in regional capital Bukavu to the north and Uvira to the south.

Cishambo said 105 people were still in hospital and that a similar number had been able to go home after treatment.

The accident had left people in the town of around 50,000 "very sad, very traumatised. Some of them are very stressed," local aid worker Emmanuel Umbwe told AFP on Sunday.

"Petrol began to leak out but instead of fleeing people came to collect the fuel," said regional government spokesman Vincent Kabanga, explaining why the accident had claimed so many victims.

Explosions caused by fuel leaks from tankers after accidents or pipelines that have been punctured by thieves often claim hundreds of lives as locals rush to scoop up fuel.


(C) AFP

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BUKAVU, DR Congo — The death toll in the fire that raged through a Congolese town when a fuel truck exploded rose to 235 on Sunday, officials said, after most of the victims were buried in mass graves.
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