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Tanzania in national mourning for victims of oil tanker explosion | Coastweek

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- A rescuer evacuates an injured man at the accident site after an overturned petrol tanker exploded in Morogoro Region, Tanzania. At least 60 people were killed Saturday after an overturned petrol tanker exploded in Morogoro region, about 200 km from the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, said an official. Seventy others were critically burned as they tried to scoop fuel coming out of the tanker, said Stephen Kebwe, Morogoro regional commissioner. XINHUA PHOTO

Tanzania in national mourning for victims of oil tanker explosion

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli has declared three days of national mourning following an oil tanker explosion that killed over 60 people and injured 70 others in Morogoro on Saturday, said a statement released early Sunday.

The statement by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam said the three-day mourning lasts from Saturday to Monday.

"During the mourning period, the national flag will fly at half mast," said the statement, adding that the president will send Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa to Morogoro to represent him at the burial of the victims starting later on Sunday.

On Saturday night, police said the death toll has reached 64 from the oil tanker explosion in Morogoro, some 200 km west of Dar es Salaam.

Wilbroad Mutafungwa, the Morogoro regional police commander, said the number of deaths could rise further as most of the 70 injured persons were in critical condition.

An oil tanker overturned in Morogoro, the capital of the Morogoro Region, early Saturday.

The explosion happened when people tried to scoop oil coming out of the tanker, said Morogoro Regional Commissioner Stephen Kebwe.
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Kenya leader mourns victims of Tanzania fuel tanker tragedy

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday mourned victims of the fuel tanker fire tragedy in Morogoro town, in the neighboring country of Tanzania.

Kenyatta sent a message of condolence and comfort to the families of the victims of the fuel tanker fire tragedy in which at least 60 people were killed and 70 others injured on Saturday.

In his condolence message released in Nairobi, Kenyatta said it was unfortunate for the country to lose citizens in such an unfortunate accident.

He assured his Tanzanian counterpart, John Magufuli of his support and prayers as the country comes to terms with the unfortunate incident.

He also wished quick recovery to those who were injured in the incident and admitted in various hospitals.

Saturday’s explosion happened when people tried to scoop fuel coming out of the tanker which then burst into flames in an incident similar to what happened at Sachangwan in Kenya’s Nakuru County ten years ago.

Tanzanian authorities have expressed fears the number of deaths could rise as some of the victims were critically burnt.
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Namibia president offers condolences to Tanzania after fuel tanker explosion

WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) -- Namibian president Hage Geingob on Saturday extended his condolences to Tanzania following a fuel tanker accident in Tanzania that claimed the lives of about 60 people, and injured more than 70 people.

In a statement, Geingob said Southern African Development Community (SADC) sympathizes and remains in solidarity with the government and the people of the United Republic of Tanzania during this painful and sad moment.

"On behalf of the SADC member states and indeed on my own behalf, we wish to express our deepest condolences to president John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, the government and the people of the United Republic of Tanzania, and the families of the deceased.

This is a loss not only to Tanzania, but to the SADC region as a whole," he said.

The explosion occurred on the outskirts of Morogoro, a town about 200 km west of Dar es Salaam earlier on Saturday after a crowd had gathered around the tanker, which had crashed.

Many of those killed and injured had been siphoning petrol from the vehicle when it burst into flames, according to police and witnesses.

"We wish all Tanzanians courage and strength as the Country faces this big loss.

"May I on behalf all SADC Member States convey our words of sympathy and support to all the bereaved families, and may the souls of the departed rest in eternal peace," Geingob said.

Tanzania in national mourning for victims of oil tanker explosion | Coastweek

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Accident scene after a petrol tanker exploded in Morogoro Region, Tanzania. At least 60 people were killed Saturday after an overturned petrol tanker exploded in Morogoro region, about 200 km from the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, said an official. Seventy others were critically burned as they tried to scoop fuel coming out of the tanker, said Stephen Kebwe, Morogoro regional commissioner. XINHUA PHOTOS

             

 

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